Madrid to announce first January signing; Man Utd will be happy

Date published: Wednesday 8th November 2017 6:19

Real Madrid are poised to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in January, as the club look to strengthen, after a poor start has left them eight points adrift of Barcelona.

Bilbao had been in negotiations with their number one as they attempted to tie him down to a new contract, but Los Blancos look set to poach Kepa at a cut-price, according to Don Balon.

It’s understood that the 23-year-old, who has been linked with Arsenal, does not want a release clause of €75m putting in his contract, and as a result is refusing to discuss new terms with his Bilbao.

The signing for Real would prove as a welcome boost to Jose Mourinho and his side, who will almost certainly have David de Gea on board with them for a longer period as a result.

De Gea has been linked with the La Liga giants for quite some time, and was on the verge of a move there in 2015, before the deal broke down, forcing him to remain at Old Trafford.

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