Real Madrid are reportedly assessing their options for moving in the January transfer market to find cover for Iker Casillas.
The 31-year-old is set to undergo surgery on Friday on a fractured hand injury sustained in the midweek Copa del Rey game at Valencia.
It is believed that he will face a minumum of six weeks on the sidelines and miss a number of League games, as well as the Copa del Rey semi-finals against Barcelona and at least the first leg of the Champions League Last 16 clash with Manchester United.
Antonio Adan and Jesus Fernandez are the club’s other registered first-team ‘keepers, with Adan having recently deputised in Casillas’ place. However, the club are believed through reports today to be looking through the market for cover for Casillas from a third shot-stopper.
Julio Cesar at Queens Park Rangers and Ter Stegen of Borussia Monchengladbach are seen as the two most viable options for Los Blancos to target in the remaining seven days of the January transfer window.
Cesar has worked with Coach Jose Mourinho before, whilst 20-year-old Stegen is tracked by a number of clubs and seen as one of the most promising ‘keepers in Europe.