As per a report from Spanish outlet Sport, Arsenal have submitted an offer to Real Madrid for goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
32-year-old shot-stopper Navas has been plying his trade at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2014.
After initially struggling for game-time during his debut campaign in the Spanish capital, the departure of long-time Blancos’ no.1 Iker Casillas in the summer of 2015 saw Navas handed first-choice duties between the posts the following season.
And the Costa Rican grasped his opportunity with both hands, since going on to play a crucial role in Real’s successes.
Navas has acted as Los Merengues’ undisputed no.1 for the last 3 seasons, during which the La Liga giants have clinched a record-breaking trio of consecutive Champions League crowns.
Courtois replaces Navas
However, despite his general excellence, the Central American has nevertheless been persistently-linked with a potential departure from the Bernabeu for several years now.
And, with Thibaut Courtois’ arrival from Chelsea during the summer having since seen Navas largely demoted to the bench, a Real exit for the veteran now looks to be inching closer than ever before.
‘Gracias por todo’
In fact, if Navas’ social media activity over recent days is anything to go by, then he may even be on the move as early as this month.
Taking to his official Instagram account yesterday, the former Levante man posted the following:
‘Gracias por todo’ translates as ‘thanks for everything’, a clear message regarding his situation with the European champions.
And. as per the aforementioned report from Sport this afternoon, Navas’ next destination could well be the Premier League.
This is due to claims that Arsenal have lodged a 16 million Euro bid for the 83-time capped international.
Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas has already said his goodbyes.
He will leave Real Madrid this month.
Arsenal are keen on signing him for €16m [Sport] pic.twitter.com/A92x4BNGI7
— AFTV🎅🏿 (@AFTVMedia) January 2, 2019
Serie A outfit AS Roma are also said to be expressing an interest in Navas’ services, but Arsenal hold a clear lead in the race for his signature.
Sport’s report should be taken with a pinch of salt, however, with the Gunners having of course only secured the signing of current first-choice shot-stopper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen during the summer.