Despite reports in AS this week claiming that not only were Liverpool interested in signing free agent Iker Casillas following the expiry of his contract at Porto, but that the 36-year-old goalkeeper had signed a pre-contract agreement with the club, the Reds will not be signing the former Real Madrid legend.
So say The Liverpool Echo, who insist the club were “baffled” by reports that they had signed a player they weren’t scouting, tracking, or talking to to a pre-contract agreement. They further confirm that, as widely believed, Liverpool have no plans to sign a goalkeeper and Jürgen Klopp is happy with his options.
With Simon Mignolet impressing in the second half of the season and Loris Karius remaining a bright and promising young shot stopper, Liverpool will head into next season with the pair continuing to compete for minutes, with a good chance the two will end up splitting league and European duties in 2017-18.
As for the case of Casillas, if Liverpool are indeed baffled by the links—and there’s no reason not to take that they are at face value in this case—it seems likely the Iberian’s agent will have leaked the story in an attempt to get some other club or clubs to to turn interest into a firm offer or risk losing out on him.
So it goes in the world of transfer rumours. Perhaps the main takeaway, then, is that Casillas isn’t ready to retire just yet and is actively trying to find a club that will give him a contract for the coming season. It just won’t be Liverpool that end up giving it to him.