Real Madrid have secured the services of Costa Rican goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, in an £8 million deal from Levante, after meeting the buy-out clause in his contract as reported by the Marca.
World Cup showing
The 27-year old took advantage of the World Cup shop-window with a string of superb performances that helped Costa Rica advance from a difficult group that included England, Italy and Uruguay.
Arsenal, Monaco, PSG and Bayern Munich all expressed an interest to the players agent, Ricardo Cabañas, while Porto and Atletico Madrid reportedly put in offers that fell short of the buy-out clause in his contract.
Real beat off stiff competition
The deal comes about barely days after Levante president, Manuel Quico Catalan, claimed their was no truth in the speculation linking Navas to a host of clubs, however as so often seen in the transfer window following comments along these lines, the player is expected to leave Levante and complete his move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the coming days.
The arrival is sure to apply more pressure on Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas, who has endured a difficult few years for both club and country.
The Spanish captain fell out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid following a return from injury and coupled with the sublime form of Diego Lopez, Mourinho was left with no option but to pick him ahead of Casillas.
Navas will be a big hit at Real Madrid
Adding to this, Casillas was vilified for his poor showing in Brazil after the defending champions were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands and then 2-0 by Chile, in both cases he was guilty of making basic errors.
Lopez set to leave
There has been speculation that Casillas was on his way out the door at the Bernabeu, however the latest reports suggest that Diego Lopez is the one that will be making way after serious interest from both Napoli and Monaco, two clubs that will guarantee him regular football both domestically and in the UEFA Champions League.