Real Madrid are set to include Keylor Navas in a cash-plus-player bid in order to bring in David de Gea from Manchester United, according to the Daily Mirror.
Navas signed for the Galacticos last summer from Levante, having impressed for the Valencia-based club the 2013/14 season. After a stellar show in the World Cup for Costa Rica, where he conceded only one goal in three group league games and was also a nominee for the Golden Glove, Real Madrid wasted no time in securing his services, triggering his €10million buyout clause early in August last year.
Although Navas was open to the idea of competition for places with club veteran Iker Casillas the 28-year-old has found it difficult to get first-team chances and only made six league appearances this term.
Meanwhile De Gea has long been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu and this summer it is believed that the Spanish 'keeper is closer to a switch back to his native country than ever before. United are supposedly demanding a fee of €30 million, and by involving Navas Real believe they can tone down the cash demands.
Long term replacement for Iker Casillas
De Gea is now in the final year of his Old Trafford contract but though he is thought to be open to a possible move back to Spain, he's has refrained from making any statements regarding the matter in recent weeks.
Los Blancos are said to view De Gea as the perfect successor to Casillas, who has himself insisted that Real should to do whatever is necessary to bring the 24-year-old to the Spanish capital.
With the season done and dusted Sunday Van Gaal is now set for showdown talks with De Gea. The Dutchman has Victor Valdes as back-up option for United but Navas could be one of the better options available, valued at a much lesser fee compared to others on Manchester United’s purported wish-list.
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