Real Madrid set for German keeper raid


According to Calciomercato, Real Madrid are set to raid Werder Bremen for experienced goalkeeper Tim Wiese.

The 30-year-old has confirmed he will not continue with the Bundesliga club next season and Madrid have been alerted to his availability as they seek a top class second keeper as back-up for captain Iker Casillas.

Wiese was a member of the German squad that took part in the 2010 World Cup, where he was understudy to Manuel Neuer, although he was the only player not to take part in the tournament. Even so, despite holding six international caps and having nearly 200 league appearances with Bremen to his name, he could be willing to accept a secondary role to Casillas at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Having started his career with Fortuna Koln in 1999, Wiese moved to Kaiserslautern in 2002 and spent three years at the Fritz Walter Stadion before being snapped up by Bremen. However, two cruciate ligament injuries hindered his progress before he eventually established himself as first-choice keeper in the 2006-07 season.

Any move to the Spanish capital would give Casillas some much-needed competition for the shot-stopper’s role at Madrid but would relegate Antonio Adan to third choice and could even lead to his departure, either on loan or on a permanent arrangement.

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