Real Madrid Transfer News: Arsenal, Liverpool Eye Keylor Navas in Latest Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2017

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 17: Goalkeeper Keylor Navas of Real Madrid prior to the UEFA Champions League 2017-18 match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on 17 October 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas. 

According to Diego Castro of Diario Gol (h/t Harry Howes of the Daily Star), Navas is unhappy with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez amid the club's reported interest in David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois, and Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring his situation.

Both sides could use some fresh blood between the sticks, with Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech now 35 and no longer the force he once was, while Loris Karius has failed to usurp Simon Mignolet at Anfield, and so the Reds are still on the lookout for an upgrade.

Navas has been Los Blancos' No. 1 since 2015 and has since made 109 appearances, keeping 38 clean sheets.

The Costa Rican is perhaps outside the conversation regarding the best goalkeeper in the world—for most that would likely be between De Gea, Courtois, Manuel Neuer, Jan Oblak, Gianluigi Buffon or Hugo Lloris—but if he is, it's only just.

As ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan demonstrated, Navas' form dipped around March as he made some mistakes, but he regained it during the run-in to help Real win La Liga and the UEFA Champions League:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Keylor raced from area, tried to head ball clear, missed ball, took out Betis player, who was about to just run clear tap ball to empty net

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Today Keylor's first clean sheet in La Liga in 14 games [since Jan v Real Soc at Bernabeu]. Looks back in top form too, handy pre Juve.

The 30-year-old has been strong this season, too, and he caught the eye when Real drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League, per SB Nation's Lucas Navarrete:

Lucas Navarrete @LucasNavarreteM

People saying Madrid created enough chances to win have a point but they forget Keylor was brilliant too. Could've gone either way.

He made two superb saves to deny Harry Kane, with the latter—in which he tipped a shot round the post during a one-on-one—drawing praise from La Liga writer Andrew Gaffney:

Andrew Gaffney @GaffneyVLC

Actually, that’s an OUTSTANDING save from Keylor Navas.

Indeed, Navas' reflexes and agility are among his best traits.

His distribution is strong, too. According to Squawka, he has maintained a 79 per cent distribution accuracy this term, higher than both Cech and Mignolet.

Should Real bring in another top 'keeper to replace him, it seems unlikely Navas would remain at the Santiago Bernabeu given he can be a No. 1 almost anywhere else.

He'd be a strong addition for either Premier League side, though it wouldn't be too surprising if they face competition for his signature.


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