For fans of La Liga, Keylor Navas' performances at the World Cup wouldn't have come as much of a shock, given his imperious form last season for Levante.
Navas, or Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa, has further enhanced his reputation in Brazil, with the 27-year-old arguably the standout keeper in the whole tournament.
A bright future
However his future seemingly lies away from Levante, with Atlético Madrid, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Liverpool some of the clubs reportedly chasing his signature. His buy-out clause is around €10 million, and Levante are not willing to sell for less, which is understandable given his recent performances.
Navas recently discussed a move to Atlético, claiming: "I really like this team a lot". However, with Atlético moving to sign Jan Oblak from Benfica, there is no chance they will be following up on their initial interest, having also recently signed Miguel Ángel Moya from Getafe.
A move to either Arsenal or Liverpool would also be futile, given they both have solid first-choice 'keepers in place, and are in no rush to replace them. Likewise, a move to Bayern Munich would see him competing with the world-beating Manuel Neuer.
Potential other options
Porto were the first side to make an official offer for Navas, and although it was swiftly rejected having fallen short of Levante's valuation, the Portuguese side may be tempted to renegotiate their bid, especially if they sell Eliaquim Mangala. Current first-choice keeper Helton is nearing the end of his career at 36, and there won't be many better keepers than Navas, especially in his prime, who only command a €10million fee.
Another intriguing proposition is Borussia Mönchengladbach, who need to replace Marc-André ter Stegen, after he joined Barcelona. With the likes of Granit Xhaka, Max Kruse and Christoph Kramer, Gladbach have the core of a strong side, and are seeking to push on in the Bundesliga. A 6th place finish last season highlights their potential, and Navas would be a perfect addition to the squad.
With options aplenty for the Costa Rican sensation, it is now time for Navas to decide what his future holds. Whoever manages to win the race for his signature is getting an absolute bargain at €10 million!
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