Spanish giants Real Madrid have beaten German champions Bayern Munich to the signing of Costa Rica goalkeeper Kelor Navas following his outstanding displays as the minnows reached the quarter finals in the World Cup.
The Costa Rican international goalkeeper was shortlisted for the Golden Glove award along with Sergio Romero of Argentina and eventual winner Manuel Neuer of Germany. He was one of the finest shot stoppers in the tournament and it was his displays in goal that proved pivotal as Costa Rica stunned Italy and Uruguay before holding England for a draw to progress into the second round from the Group of Death.
However, Navas failed to prevent his country from losing in the penalty shootout against The Netherlands in the quarter finals but he was already a national hero by then and he could do no more to prevent the team from exiting.
And now, it has emerged that the Levante goalkeeper has a € 10 million release clause in his contract with the Valencian outfit and Real Madrid have already moved to buy him out from his contract. If you’re interested in the ins and outs of his contract, you can continue reading here.
His move to the Santiago Bernabeu comes just a few days after the Levante president claimed that there was absolutely no truth in the rumors that were being circulated about his move to the European champions.
Navas also held talks with German giants Bayern Munich before agreeing to sign for the capital club, will compete with Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas for the starting role. But his arrival doesn’t push any goalkeeper towards the exit from the club and all three will be a part of the squad next season.
Several other European heavyweights including Liverpool, Arsenal as well as Atletico Madrid were considering bids for the keeper but now, it has emerged that Real Madrid has won the race for his signature.