Gunners and City ready to battle for Casillas

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Iker Casillas was left on the Real Madrid bench against Bilbao.GettyImagesIker Casillas may seek pastures new prior to the 2014 World Cup.

Premier League title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City are also vying for a new signing: Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

The Express newspaper reports Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini are monitoring the Spain international's situation at the Santiago Bernabeu, and are set to pounce at the slightest sign of his willingness to move. Casillas, 32, has spent his entire career at Real, but has seen his opportunities to play limited in recent seasons. Both the Gunners and City view him as the answer to their ongoing goalkeeping concerns, and are prepared to make an offer during the January transfer window.

Chelsea are also looking for defensive reinforcements in the form of the towering Andrea Ranocchia. The Inter Milan defender is wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, but the Blues are said to be the leading contenders for his signature, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. Standing at six-feet-five-inches, Ranocchia could help steady Chelsea as they aim to make a push for silverware in the second half of the season.

Finally, David Moyes might just have conceded defeat in his long-term pursuit of Everton left-back Leighton Baines. Having tried to sign the England international last summer, the Manchester United boss is now linked with FC Porto full-back Alex Sandro. The Metro claims the six-time Brazil international is now Moyes' preferred option, and at 22 represents greater value as an investment than Baines.

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