Arsenal and Liverpool could both take advantage of Keylor Navas’ availability in the summer, should Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea move to Real Madrid as rumours insist he might.
The Daily Express today claims that Navas, who has been frozen out at the Santiago Bernabeu in favour of Iker Casillas since his arrival this summer, is set to move on at the end of the season should another competitor for his position join the fray, with more than one Premier League side interested in offering him a reprieve.
Navas' uncertain future
Having enjoyed a fantastic World Cup for Costa Rica - in a run to the knockout rounds that saw them qualify at the expense of England and Italy - the 28-year-old’s stock has risen in Europe, and though he’s failed to make the grade at Real so far, he could well become a distinguished No.1 elsewhere.
Liverpool and Arsenal claim
Both Arsenal and Liverpool find themselves short of a dominant figure in between the sticks, and so naturally speculation is inferring they will be amongst the sides ready to try their hand at landing Navas if he becomes available.
With Simon Mignolet worryingly inconsistent the Reds are arguably in deeper need of a new stopper, but Wojciech Szczesny’s poor form earlier this season has led to him being dropped, and if he leaves the Emirates Stadium Arsenal will need someone else to compete with David Ospina.
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De Gea linked in
Of course it’s all by-the-by if De Gea doesn’t move to Real in the summer, as Casillas and Navas will retain their respective spots. Recent reports have strongly suggested that the Spain international will be one of Carlo Ancelotti’s top targets during the next transfer window, and if Louis van Gaal can’t convince his star man to pen a new deal his future at United will be plunged into doubt.
Indeed it looks like being a transfer saga that will rage on for sometime yet, with Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers’ plans to some degree being entwined with the future of De Gea.
United fans certainly won’t want their club to have a hand in strengthening a Premier League rival, but their immediate concern will surround extending the contract of the man they have to thank for their current position in the table.