Blow for Man Utd, Arsenal as Real Madrid backtrack on keeper decision

Date published: Thursday 27th June 2019 6:11 - Samuel Bannister

Manchester United will not be able to sign Keylor Navas this summer, after Real Madrid took him off the market.

Costa Rica international Navas had been suggested as a potential replacement for David De Gea, should the Spanish shot-stopper call time on his stay at Old Trafford this summer.

The 32-year-old saw himself replaced as Madrid’s number one by former Chelsea man Thibaut Courtois last season, leading to some speculation that he could seek a move away. Alongside United, there was reported interest from PSG – while Arsenal were linked as their search for a replacement for Petr Cech continues.

Portuguese giants Benfica were also hoping to get Navas in a double swoop that would also include striker Raul De Tomas, but they couldn’t afford his wages.

Now, AS claim that Navas is no longer available for transfer, after Madrid decided they want to keep him – even though he is entering the final year of his contract.

Navas saw his gametime increase upon the return of Zinedine Zidane in the manager’s role towards the end of the season, and it would appear that he is still very much in the Frenchman’s plans.

 

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