Tottenham, Chelsea lock horns over shock PSG signing that’ll cost tiny fee but require huge wages
Tottenham and Chelsea hold an advantage over three other Premier League sides in the chase for a PSG ace who is gunning for a move to England, per a report.
Among the most surprising winter window moves was Nottingham Forest’s capture of three-time Champions League winner, Keylor Navas.
The Costa Rica veteran, 36, moved to the City Ground on a six-month loan after Dean Henderson suffered a thigh injury. Henderson was expected to return after four-six weeks, though has not played for Forest since January and has since undergone surgery to repair the issue.
As such, Navas was thrust into the spotlight and did not disappoint. The experienced stopper was calmness personified and played his part in helping Steve Cooper’s side to avoid relegation with a game to spare.
Forest are understood to be keen on bringing both Henderson and Navas back to the club next year. Henderson will cost around £30m on a permanent deal from Man Utd. However, according to French outlet FootMercato, Navas is beyond their means.
That’s because Navas currently collects a monthly salary of around €1m. That equates to roughly €250,000-a-week (approx. £217,000-a-week).
Such a colossal salary is too high for Forest, with FootMercato instead listing four other Premier League clubs who could succeed where Forest will fail.
The outlet name Chelsea, Tottenham, Brentford and Leicester. However, Brentford are on course to sign Freiburg’s Mark Flekken who’ll replace the outgoing David Raya and logic would dictate Leicester won’t be paying 36-year-old players over £200,000-a-week – even if they avoid relegation.
As such, Chelsea and Spurs appear the only two teams capable of pulling off the move from a financial standpoint. What’s more, FootMercato state Navas is not only destined to leave PSG this summer, but would love nothing more than to return to the Premier League.
Navas has another year on his contract in Paris, though is behind Gianluigi Donnarumma in the pecking order.
The report labels a Navas stay in Paris for the final year of his deal ‘almost impossible’. Given his advanced age, a modest transfer fee of just a few million euros is all that’s required to seal a deal.
The bigger hurdle will come in the form of Navas’ high salary. How much he’s willing to compromise could be crucial in determining whether Tottenham and Chelsea act on their interest.
Spurs look set to move on from club icon Hugo Lloris after another error-strewn season. Incoming Chelsea boss, Mauricio Pochettino, is understood to be ‘unconvinced’ by both Kepa Arrizalabaga and Edouard Mendy.
The two London clubs have been linked with many of the same goalkeeping targets such as Brentford’s David Raya and Andre Onana of Inter Milan.
Keylor Navas is the latest and while he’d only represent a short-term fix, he’s as proven and reliable as they come. Compared to Onana at least, Navas also has the distinct advantage of actually being available to sign and on the market too.
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