Everton and Liverpool could be set to miss out on Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica goalkeeper who has made himself a hero in this summer’s World Cup.
Navas is currently signed to Levante UD in La Liga, but has been strongly linked with a move away from the club during this transfer window.
According to TalkSPORT, reports in Portugal have suggested that the keeper is on the verge of signing for Porto, after the club agreed to pay his £8million release clause.
Discussions have begun
The report claim that Levante, Porto and the player’s representatives are currently in discussion over the move, with a deal likely to be concluded early next week, should all the parties involved come to an agreement.
The keeper has had a brilliant World Cup campaign, conceding just once in a group that Costa Rica were considered unlikely to progress out of. He kept clean sheets against Italy and England, while only world class Edinson Cavani was able to score past him in the 3-1 victory over Uruguay.
Navas then made himself a global name with a sensational performance in the round of 16 victory over Greece on Sunday night. A terrific save in the last few seconds of extra-time took the game to penalties and he was the hero by saving the crucial spot kick of Theofanis Gekas.
Costa Rica's win took them into the quarter-finals of a World Cup for first time, though they face a challenge to overcome the Netherlands. Liverpool will be disappointed to have missed out as Navas showed his outstanding quality in the victory.
The news will be more of a blow for Everton, who saw Navas as the ideal replacement for the ageing Tim Howard, while he would have been behind Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool pecking order.
Atletico Madrid and Napoli were also keeping tabs on the player. Both teams will need to bring in a keeper this summer, with Thibaut Courtois set to return to Chelsea at the end of his loan spell after three years with Atletico, while Napoli have confirmed that Pepe Reina will not be extending his stay at the club.
Navas will continue his assault on the World Cup when he faces Greece in the Round of 16 on Sunday, where he will be hoping he can secure another clean sheet and progress to the quarter-finals.