The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday afternoon that Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas opted not to join the Chicago Fire this winter transfer window.
The ex-Real Madrid star will see out the rest of his contract in Porto until the summer where the Fire could potentially pick him up on a free replacing Accam’s Designated Player spot. However, there might be some caveats if he does come stateside. By the time his contract ends at Porto, he will be 37-years-old – he’s not going to be a commanding presence like he once was. Casillas was relegated to the bench this season. He’s only appeared only 12 times across all competitions – with seven shutouts, and with an average of one save per game.
Should he come though, he can bring a commanding presence in the dressing room like Basti and Dax before him. Heck, even Richard Sánchez is looking forward to a possible signing of Iker.
The link between Casillas and the Fire was first reported in December of last year, and the club is also rumored to hold discovery rights for him. If that’s the case, the club should also get those discovery rights to Salah and Messi. Just sayin’.