Liga - Rumour: Navas on the brink of Real Madrid move

Keylor Navas is getting closer to moving from Levante to Real Madrid, although the transfer isn’t yet concluded.

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Liga - Rumour: Navas on the brink of Real Madrid move
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Goalkeeper Keylor Navas of Costa Rica gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica

Marca reports that the Costa Rica goalkeeper will substantially increase his wage once he signs in at Santiago Bernabeu, going from €250,000 a year to €2.5m.

Levante have indicated they won’t make Madrid go to the League to trigger Navas’ release clause which, with the attendant taxes, would cost Los Blancos around €18m.

Instead, Levante will accept a €10m offer and the transfer could be completed within a matter of days.

Navas will compete with Iker Casillas for the starting spot as Diego Lopez is said to be on his way out of the club, while Casillas’ shaky World Cup - and Navas’ excellent tournament - could see the new man usurp the captain.

Bayern Munich wanted Navas as well but he is said to feel he is more likely to play in Madrid as World Cup winner Manuel Neuer is unlikely to be dislodged under Pep Guardiola.

Navas stands to receive €2m of the €10m transfer fee, as per the terms of his Levante contract.

Our view: This is a deal that seems to make sense. As our friends at Football Espana note, Navas will fancy his chances of getting a starting birth at Real Madrid much more than he would at Bayern Munich. He certainly looked a class act at the World Cup and at just 27 has plenty of years behind him.

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