Arsenal and Liverpool battle to sign Keylor Navas

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Arsenal and Liverpool are locked in a battle with Atletico Madrid to sign Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas after the World Cup - and could get him for as little as £6.5 million according to the Daily Mail.

The 27-year-old has been in inspired form so far at the World Cup, and played a key role in Costa Rica's penalty shoot-out win over Greece last night that earned them a spot in the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

Considered by many as La Liga's best 'keeper last season, Navas made the most saves in the league and conceded the second fewest goals - and now it seems as though he's caught the eye of some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Arsenal and Liverpool interested

Atletico Madrid got a close look at what Navas is capable of when he helped Levante secure a memorable 2-0 win the eventual league champions last season, and with Thibaut Courtois on his way back to Chelsea they are in the market for a new shotstopper.

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However they could face competition from both Arsenal and Liverpool - and both are likely to be buoyed by the fact that Navas is said to have a £6.5 million release clause according to the Daily Mail. The fact that he has just one year left on his current deal with Levante will also help his suitors.

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Arsenal have been linked with a host of goalkeepers in recent weeks, with Arsene Wenger said to be keen on providing more competition for Wojciech Szczesny with Łukasz Fabiański leaving to join Swansea. It had previously been suggested that Arsenal were looking at Iker Casillas, but Navas could be a more realistic option.

Liverpool meanwhile are reportedly looking to sell Pepe Reina, who spent last term on loan with Napoli, this summer, and with Simon Mignolet looking far from convincing last season Brendan Rodgers may consider swooping for the Costa Rica star.

World Cup

Thoughts of a transfer are likely to be far from Navas' mind right now as Costa Rica continue their World Cup adventure.

The shotstopper pulled of an unbelievable late save to deny Greece in extra-time to send the last-16 game to a shoot-out, where he denied Theofanis Gekas with an equally impressive stop to help his country book a place in the last eight.

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