The Gunners are scouting VFL Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels in the summer transfer window after Sven Mislintat.
Arsenal needs to look for a new goalkeeper in the summer as the aging Petr Cech is no longer young and agile anymore. The veteran shot-stopper has had a tremendous career in England but will turn 36 next week and has cost the North London club plenty of silly goals this season. Most of the Arsenal faithful believe that Petr Cech is past his best due to some high profile mistakes during the course of the campaign.
David Ospina has not been very reliable as well for Arsenal between the sticks because he has not yet proved that he is worthy to be the club’s number one shot-stopper. Despite the Colombian producing some decent performances, Arsenal is still unconvinced that he would be the future first-choice keeper at 29 years of age.
Arsenal needs to address their goalkeeping issue for next season and Mislintat who is the head of recruitment at the Emirates is eyeing a move for Wolfsburg keeper Keon Casteels. Mislintat was the chief scout for Borussia Dortmund and knows Casteels quite well from his time in Germany.
The Belgian keeper has had a great season with Wolfsburg but the Bundesliga club is struggling for survival. Casteels has impressed for Wolfsburg but the club sit finished the season in 16th place and have two matches to save their position in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg will face Holstein Kiel from Bundesliga 2 over two legs in order to battle for staying in the German top flight.
According to the Sun, the 25-year-old Casteels will play an important part for Wolfsburg but if the club is relegated over the next few weeks, it’s likely that Casteels would want to move away from Germany. Arsenal will play the Europa League next term but will hope for a Champions League qualification at the end of next season.
Arsenal really has to solve their defensive problems as well as their goalkeeper issues. In fairness, Arsene Wenger has not left his successor with an easy task but the club’s board has to sort out this mess before they appoint a new manager.