Real Madrid’s desperate search for a new goalkeeper continues, with current shot-stopper Keylor Navas seemingly on borrowed time at the club.
Reports in Spain claim president Florentino Perez continues to heavily scrutinise Navas’ ability in goal and is seemingly keen on ditching him this summer, despite manager Zinedine Zidane’s continued faith in him.
According to Madrid-based outlet Marca , Perez was left fuming with the Costa Rica international after his side’s recent win over Real Sociedad, claiming the president ‘exploded’ after he made yet another mistake leading to a goal.
The club have been linked with a number of ‘keepers in recent seasons, with their pursuit of Manchester United’s David de Gea common knowledge, along with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Atletico’s Jan Oblak and Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.
But in recent weeks, Spanish youngster Kepa Arrizabalaga is the new favourite to be Madrid’s new No 1.
The 22-year-old is one of the rising stars of Spanish football, having produced a number of stellar performances for Athletic Bilbao this season.
Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the Under-21 goalie in recent weeks, but Madrid are heavy favourites to snap him up next year.
The youngster – who’s been compared to a young de Gea – is out of contract at Bilbao at the end of the season and can sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January.
Arrizabalaga, who’s been with Bilbao since the age of ten, has seen his value rise after being part of Spain’s Under-21 side in this summer’s European Championship.
Marca claim Madrid have begun negotiations with the Basque club over his availability, with Bilbao confident he’ll agree a new deal that will see his release clause rise from £9million to £57m.