Arsenal could let Casillas slip, but join hunt for Jorginho
Out-of-favour Real Madrid keeper could move to Schalke, but Gunners like look of young playmaker
ARSENAL'S epic search for a new number one continues after it emerged that the Gunners main target Iker Casillas could be heading to the Bundesliga with Schalke, rather than heading to the Premier League.
Spain's number one lost his place in the Real Madrid team to Diego Lopez under Jose Mourinho and has failed to regain his jersey now Carlo Ancelotti is in charge.
The Real Madrid legend has played more than 700 matches for the club but his lack of game time has caused him to ponder his future with Schalke the latest club linked, according to Inside Futbol, which quotes German Daily Bild.
Casillas would be following in the footsteps of his former team mate and captain Raul, who had a successful two-year spell at the German club before moving on to Qatar side Al Sadd in the summer.
Rumours of Casillas' exit grow by the day but Sky Sports reports that Ancelotti is hoping he will stay: "I haven't talked to him about leaving. He's a great keeper and a great professional. Even if he doesn't play he helps the team, he's a true captain. I hope he stays because he's good for the atmosphere.
"I need to talk to him because it's only fair, but he looks happy to me and he's been very professional."
Arsenal may be losing that race but they are joining another, reports the Daily Star. The Gunners are just the latest club to have their heads turned by the talents of young Hellas Verona star, Jorginho, says the paper.
The 21-year-old is attracting a lot of interest across Europe and was watched by scouts from both Chelsea and Arsenal during his side's 3-2 victory over Parma at the weekend. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is a big fan of the midfielder, but failed in an attempt to lure him to Anfield in the summer.
Inter Milan are also interested in the Brazilian-born Italian U-21 international, and are expected to open the bidding in January with an offer of a cool £10m.
Meanwhile, the Premiership's two biggest spenders, Chelsea and Manchester City, are set to go head-to-head, or tête-a-tête, for French international Blaise Matuidi, according to The Mirror.
The paper quotes a report in L'Equipe, which says that although Paris Saint Germain value the midfielder highly, he is coming towards the end of his contract in the French capital and is unable to sign a new one until he has settled a dispute with his former agent.
That is bad news for the French outfit, because it means Chelsea and Man City can make a move for the player in January.
Chelsea are also hoping to snare German wunderkid Julian Brandt in similar fashion. The 17-year-old Wolfsburg winger has turned down a new contract and will let his current deal run out in the summer, according to a club spokesperson quoted in The Star.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are, inevitably, keen but Jose Mourinho hopes to sneak in ahead of the German giants.
Meanwhile, high-flying Southampton are hoping to revive their failed summer bid for Cagliari and Italy centre-back Davide Astori, reckons the Mirror. Saints have the second meanest defence in Europe this season after capturing Dejan Lovren in the summer but clearly want to tightest up even more.
Astori, 26, was on the Saints' wish-list in the summer before Lovren arrived from Lyon. Having failed to move to other interested clubs such as Milan and Everton, Saints could be back in for the defender in January. ·