Will Real Madrid Finally Get David De Gea this Summer?5 min read
Things were going so well for Keylor Navas… and then Juventus came to town and tore his reputation to shreds.
Zinedine Zidane has done a fine job of protecting Real Madrid’s Costa Rican custodian, but the fact is, in many of the big games, he doesn’t cut it.
His howler against the Italians could well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back as far as the club are concerned, whether or not Zizou continues to contend that he’s the best man for the job.
It was only the coach’s full backing that stopped the club from continuing negotiations with Athletic Club’s Kepa in January, but just like his support for Messrs. Bale and Benzema, it’s beginning to look a little misplaced.
Los Blancos squad needs a shake-up
Real have had a woeful season by their own standards, and a freshening up of the squad is a pre-requisite for 2018/19.
Navas has to be on the list for consideration to be moved on, especially when Manchester United’s David De Gea still hasn’t definitively ruled himself out of a move to the white half of the Spanish capital.
The Spanish stopper is currently to sign for Real in the summer transfer window.
Though Jose Mourinho has already warned his former employers that they would be wasting their time even lodging a bid for De Gea’s services, importantly, the player himself has maintained a dignified silence.
What is clear is that Florentino Perez will have to shell out a world record fee for a goalkeeper in order to acquire the Spaniard. Previously quoted at around the €75m mark, with transfer market fees sending costs spiralling, it’s unlikely, with wages included in any contract, that Real would get change from €100m.
Bale could be makeweight in De Gea Deal
If Perez baulks at that type of spend, he does at least have one trump card; Gareth Bale.
It’s fairly obvious to everyone that the Welshman’s time in Madrid has come to an end. He’s started to withdraw from the team dynamic both in the dressing room and on the pitch, and Zidane has responded by playing him in only the least important matches.
For all intents and purposes, that relationship has irretrievably broken down.
So, Bale + loose change and Mourinho/United might be willing to do business, or at least listen to what Real have to say.
Courtois and Alisson are alternatives
Should De Gea eventually prove unattainable, for whatever reason, Navas still can’t rest easy.
Thibaut Courtois has made absolutely no secret of his desire to return to the Spanish capital. His children live there and as a former Atleti number one, he knows and loves the area and the lifestyle. He’s also hinted that he wouldn’t be averse to playing for the Rojiblancos’ biggest rivals.
As ‘second choices’ go, Real Madrid can’t really go wrong with the Belgian.
Another name being bandied around is that of Roma’s Alisson. The Brazilian has been in top form throughout the current campaign, and of the three keepers, he would likely be the most financially attractive.
Though there’s been nothing to suggest that he wants to leave the Italians, does anyone really turn down a move to Real Madrid these days?
Whoever ends up coming, it’s likely any deal will be done before the World Cup, because an inspiring performance or two in Russia will almost certainly add a few more million euros to the price.
What is clear at this stage is that Navas’ days as Real’s No.1 are numbered.