Real Madrid want Arsenal to pay €14m (£12.6m) to sign Unai Emery target Keylor Navas in January, according to reports in Spain.
El Confidencial write that no one is planning to stand in the way of Navas’ exit in the winter window, but Real Madrid want €14m to complete the sale of the goalkeeper. The La Liga club then want to use that money to bid for Manchester City youth star Brahim Diaz.
The Spanish outlet continue on to say that Unai Emery ‘seems to be in a hurry’ to get a deal done. As for Navas, he’s now convinced that his future lies elsewhere after Santiago Solari wouldn’t even give him a chance in Real’s recent Club World Cup game against Kashima Antlers. He wants to move on before he misses his chance to do so.
Navas began the season as a starter, before losing his spot to Thibaut Courtois. The 32-year-old last played a league game all the way back in August, and he hasn’t appeared in the Champions League since October.
Spanish outlet AS (via Bein Sports) write that Arsenal could provide the solution to his game time problem, with Unai Emery ‘actively seeking’ a goalkeeper.
Mundo Deportivo write that Navas ‘is about to leave’ Madrid, and say Arsenal are ‘one of the strongest clubs bidding for him’. However, MD add that there are also options for the goalkeeper in France and Italy.
Petr Cech is currently struggling for matches himself, having played just once this month, and being without a league start since September. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, perhaps the 36-year-old might start looking for a new club in January. If that’s the case, Navas could join to compete with Bernd Leno for starts.