By Alberto Pinero
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is edging ever closer to a move to Porto but whether the transfer goes ahead depends on the Santiago Bernabeu side's willingness to make a financial sacrifice.
The Primeira Liga outfit have offered the Spain international a two-year deal worth €2.5 million per annum, with an option for an additional third season, and Casillas is keen on a move to the Estadio do Dragao.
However, Casillas currently earns €7m a year in the Spanish capital and still has two more years running on his existing deal with Los Blancos.
The 34-year-old, therefore, wants Madrid to pay the difference between Porto's offer and his current wages at the Liga giants, which would cost the Liga side an estimated €15m before taxes.
Madrid executives have vowed to do everything within their powers to help Casillas in his search for a new club as they are intent on signing Manchester United's David De Gea to compete with Keylor Navas for the No.1 jersey next season.
They are reluctant to settle for a €15m exit payment, though, and are hoping to negotiate a deal for a significantly lower fee with Casillas' agent.
The shot-stopper's representative, Carlo Cutropia, already suggested on Monday that Casillas is keen to join Porto, but that the ball is nonetheless in Madrid's court.
"Casillas is pretty excited about the opportunity to join Porto," the agent told Record. "We hope Real Madrid will allow him to move on and give him an easy exit."