Transfer business is beginning to pick up at Real Madrid after reports emerged on Wednesday claiming that goalkeeper Keylor Navas had reached an agreement to sign for the European champions.
Navas starred for Costa Rica at this summer's World Cup, producing a number of spectacular individual displays, and Spanish newspaper AS states that he is now set for a move to the Bernabeu.
The report says that Real will stump up the Levante stopper's €10 million buyout clause, with €2 million of that fee going to Navas and the remaining €8 million being paid to the club.
Levante president Quico Catalan is quoted in the AS report confirming that a deal was close earlier this week: "If we had a total agreement, it would be made public; but we don’t. A lot of that is down to the player. A decision will be taken when both parties are clear on things."
That confusion would appear to have been cleared up if the Central American has indeed opted for a move to the nation's capital, representing a remarkable step up in what's sure to be demanded of him.
Statisticians WhoScored.com and OptaJean break down the goalkeeper's more recent figures, both at the World Cup and in his club exploits:
Keylor Navas: Was the highest-rated goalkeeper in Europe's top 5 league last season (7.27)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 16, 2014
91.3% - Keylor Navas saved 91.3% of the shots on target he faced at the 2014 World Cup, highest ratio (min. 2 games). Merengue.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 16, 2014
Navas has spent the last three seasons with Levante, initially spending the 2011-12 season on loan in Valencia from Albacete, before making the deal permanent two summers ago.
The 27-year-old's recent rise to prominence is particularly remarkable considering he's played as deputy to Gustavo Munua for a lot of his Levante tenure, only making his surge into the starting XI over the last year or so.
Back Page Football shows us the kind of training regime that has perhaps helped the Costa Rican No. 1 improve his game so drastically:
Check out Keylor Navas' training routine, it's pretty cool - http://t.co/lCyB1KCuQM— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) July 16, 2014
Navas' arrival would create an even greater dilemma in regards to the goalkeeping situation under Carlo Ancelotti, with Diego Lopez, Iker Casillas and Jesus Fernandez also competing for places.
Ben Jefferson of The Express has reported that Casillas wants to leave his long-term throne at Real for free this summer to join Arsenal, which would make the head-to-head between Lopez and Navas more viable.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not the Spanish giants are ready to relinquish their veteran stopper, with Navas' purchase yet to be officially completed.