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Real Madrid set to complete £17.7 million ‘keeper deal in January

Athletic Bilbao president will only sell any player if obligatory fee is met and Los Blancos are keen to maintain good relations

REAL MADRID will meet Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £17.7million buy-out in January, according to reports in Spain — despite him being available on a free in the summer.

A deal for the Athletic Bilbao stopper effectively ends the Bernabeu giants’ interest in David De Gea.

Real Madrid want to complete deal to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in January

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Real Madrid want to complete deal to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in January

Kepa Arrizabalaga and Keylor Navas embrace after recent La Liga meeting

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Kepa Arrizabalaga and Keylor Navas embrace after recent La Liga meeting

Kepa, 23, is Spain’s No 2 behind the Manchester United man, who has been a long-term Real Madrid target.


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AS report Los Blancos will make the deal in January, to ensure they maintain good terms with the Basque side.

Athletic president Jose Urrutia insists they will not sell any player whose obligatory buy-out clause is not met.

Kepa’s contract expires at the end of the season, but Real Madrid would like him in as soon as possible as they bid to turn their season around.

Manchester United will expect to keep David De Gea out of Real Madrid clutches

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Manchester United will expect to keep David De Gea out of Real Madrid clutches

Kep Arrizabalaga makes Spain debut and is No 2 behind David De Gea

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Kep Arrizabalaga makes Spain debut and is No 2 behind David De Gea

A recent hand fracture means he may not have played his last game for Athletic, but is not serious enough  to endanger the move.


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Zinedine Zidane would bring him into the first team squad with a view to him competing against Keylor Navas.

And he would leave the decision over which should become first choice for the second half of the 2017-18 season up to goalkeeper coach Luis Llopis.

Real Madrid hope to complete the deal within the first week of January, and will offer him a six-year contract with around £50,000-a-week net.