Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Diego Lopez would be a great addition to Filippo Inzaghi’s AC Milan side as they look to repair the damage inflicted by last year’s difficult campaign.
The 32-year-old, who is being forced out of the Spanish capital due to the arrival of Costa Rican international Keylor Navas from Levante, is just mere hours away from a move to Milan according to Spanish newspaper Marca, in spite of featuring 37 times in La Liga last season.
His loss could be the Italian side’s gain, and could also mean much maligned goalkeeper Iker Casillas remains at the club for yet another season after being widely tipped for the exit door.
Lopez has never been a loved figure at the Santiago Bernabeu due to the fact his arrival signalled Casillas’ exile, but he has still impressed during his stint with the European champions.
Jose Mourinho was the one who snared him from Sevilla, and the Spaniard quickly established himself as the club’s number one goalkeeper with a series of wonderful displays.
His first game back at the club was against fierce rivals Barcelona, whilst he also kept Madrid in the Champions League in 2013 by keeping Sir Alex Ferguson’s United at bay with a mesmerising performance at Old Trafford.
Having initially been sidelined with injury Casillas returned and was unable to force his way back into the side, and though Mourinho was axed, his replacement Carlo Ancelotti failed to reintegrate him into the side as their definite number one.
Instead Lopez was given the nod for the league games, whilst domestic and European cup games were allocated to Casillas as a means of compromise.
The signing of Navas has brought the curtain crashing down on Lopez’s short stint in the colours of the club where he started his career.
Navas is expected to start the season as the club’s number one, and with Casillas also on the books it seems Lopez is the one the club are most willing to let go.
What may have harmed his cause is the fact his fellow Spaniard was part of the side that achieved La Decima – the tenth European crown – last term and his own personal contribution to the glory was miniscule.
Milan have relied on the ageing palms of Christian Abbiati for too long, and the arrival of Lopez would bolster their ranks ahead of the forthcoming season.
At 32-years-old there remains time for him to make his mark at the San Siro, and a new safe pair of hands will aid their push for a quick return to European football.
The addition of Lopez is by no means the marquee signing fans of the Rossoneri crave. It is however astute and one that could yield plenty in the long run.