Real Madrid’s deal to bring in goalkeeper Keylor Navas is being held up, while the La Liga giants try to offload one of their current first choice keepers.
The Costa Rican stopper was due to sign for Los Blancos on the 1st of August, but is now set to go through three days later to give Madrid more time to free up some space, with Navas growing increasingly impatient.
Real Madrid will need a large squad, with six trophies up for grabs. But Ancelotti won’t need three senior goalkeepers; so who will leave and who will adopt the no.1 jersey?
Who will leave?
Already demoted to second choice keeper, Casillas’ future was in the balance. His poor performances in the Champions League final and throughout the World Cup would have had Ancelotti further questioning his ability.
A potential move to Arsenal seemed on the cards, but is now following the Gunners’ signing of Colombian stopper David Ospina.
However the legendary stopper may be given another chance to prove himself. He was given a starting berth in Real Madrid’s latest friendly against Roma, where he wore the armband, suggesting Ancelotti is willing to give Casillas a chance.
The Club’s captain and a voice in the dressing room, Casillas has an influence on and off the pitch. Getting rid of the 33- could prove an unpopular decision amongst fans and players alike.
Diego Lopez was the one to benefit from Casillas’ dip in form, as he assumed the no. 1 role last season, playing in the majority of Real’s league games.
Ancelotti clearly believed that Lopez is a better keeper than Casillas, finishing third in the Zamora trophy standings.
Of course it is worth noting that the two pieces of silverware Real did win were obtained whilst Iker Casillas was in goal. With no long term ties to the club, he could be sacrificed.
Will Navas be no.1?
Keylor Navas was arguably the best keeper in La Liga. He finished fourth, narrowly behind Lopez in the race for the Zamora trophy. But the keeper pulled off a number of key saves which contributed to Levante’s lofty 10th place position.
The Costa Rican carried his excellent form into the World Cup, where he did his growing reputation no harm and helped his country negotiate the group of death with relative ease.
It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Navas becomes Real’s No. 1 goalkeeper, with form and age on his side.
However the 27-year-old may represent his nation in the upcoming Copa Centroamericana, which grants access into the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Should he participate, Navas will be missing for around two weeks in September and miss a crucial Madrid derby against Atletico.