Real Madrid have not been satisfied with their goalkeeper for some time.
Having pursued David De Gea for several seasons and got to within a malfunctioning fax machine of actually signing him, they had to settle for Keylor Navas.
Now it looks like Los Blancos are ready to pull the trigger on signing the Costa Rican’s replacement in January.
Navas has been an able servant to the Real and has played as the final line of defence in two successful Champions League campaigns as well as helping to win last season’s La Liga.
It almost feels like he has never been truly valued at the Bernabeu.
According to Marca the current champions of Europe are going to bid 25 million for Atheltic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizalbalga.
The 23-year-old is already a starter for the Basque team and could go on to become Spain’s no.1 for the next decade.
The young keeper’s contract expires in June 2018, but Spanish clubs cannot discuss free transfers with players under contract, so Madrid could be forced to meet his buy-out clause.
The Spanish press say that Florentino Perez is going to submit a bid for the Athletic player as soon as the transfer window opens.
Kepa, who has already made an appearance for the national side,
will join up with a host of other Spanish starlets in the shape of Dani Ceballos, Theo Hernandez and Marco Asensio.
While Barcelona have La Masia, Perez’s transfer strategy could see Real winning title with a core of the best Spanish talent in the world.
And think, if Real are this good with a Navas, who is deemed a second-rate keeper, just imagine what we could be looking at in five years.