In the wake of the signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodríguez, the next man to arrive at Real Madrid will be Keylor Navas. The goalkeeper, who is on holiday in his native Costa Rica, has already begun sending goodbye messages to his Levante team-mates.
Los Blancos’ plan is to tie up the transfer as soon as possible and, although a move for Falcao is still pending, concentrate on player departures and the team’s pre-season in the USA. Director general José Ángel Sánchez was due to fly to Los Angeles on Wednesday, but has delayed his journey to finalise the signing of Navas. Club president Florentino Pérez was also planning to be with the team in the US, and is expected to arrive there next week.
Real have a deal in place with Levante. They will pay the 27-year-old’s 10-million-euro buy-out clause, with eight going to the club and the remaining two being paid to the player. On Monday, Levante president Quico Catalán acknowledged that talks were ongoing: “If we had a total agreement, it would be made public; but we don’t. A lot of that is down to the player. A decision will be taken when both parties are clear on things.” And Navas' decision has been taken. He wants to play for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid now have a goalkeeping dilemma to solve. Navas’ arrival would leave the Champions League winners with four keepers. Academy graduate Jesús Fernández – who had appeared set to join Granada in June, only for Madrid to ask him to hold off on the deal – is now looking for a club. One of Diego López and Iker Casillas will have to leave. The club’s preference is for López to depart the Santiago Bernabéu, but the Galician does not want to move, and plans to fight for his place in the team. Casillas also wants to stay, and said so to Pérez and Sánchez in a meeting before the World Cup in Brazil.