Arsene Wenger is reportedly hoping to take advantage of Iker Casillas' discontent at Real Madrid and offer the goalkeeper a move to Arsenal as the manager gets serious in the final weeks of the transfer window.
Casillas was left on the bench in Madrid's opening match of the La Liga season, and expressed his dissatisfaction after a difficult season in which he fell out of favour with former manager Jose Mourinho.
"Well, at least I'll be able to play in the Trofeo Bernabéu after all," he sarcastically told Spanish TV cameras, referring to a friendly Madrid have coming up with Qatari side Al Sadd.
With that in mind, the Daily Mail is claiming that Wenger is believed to be preparing to pursue Casillas with the promise of guaranteed game time with the Frenchman still unsure over Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Wenger left Szczesny on the bench on a number of occasions last season and often alternated between the 23 year old and Lukasz Fabianski while failing to find faith in either keeper.
This week he was believed to be sounding out Valencia over young keeper Vicente Guaita, but like with Roberto Solado the club have made it clear that they will only sell the Spaniard for his full exit clause, believed to be around €30m.
While Guaita was another player whom might not be ready for regular first team football, much like Arsenal's only signing of the summer Yaya Sanogo, Casillas would certainly show that Wenger has the ability to sign big names and would go a long way to calming fans' anger with the manager over his lack of transfer activity.
Wenger insisted this week that the majority of work is done in the final weeks of the transfer window, but some have accused the Frenchman of going into panic mode as he recently bid £10m on Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.