Soccer Transfers: Real Madrid Targeting Man United's David De Gea, Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois
With the exit of current Real Madrid starting goalkeeper Keylor Navas expected at the end of the season, the La Liga giants are reportedly eyeing Manchester United's David De Gea and Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois this summer. Navas' form is getting worse and worse as the season slowly closes and Los Blancos said to have turned their attention to the English Premier League for a potential replacement.
Navas, who turned 30 last December, is performing on a downward trend these past several games for Real, which has forced the Bernabéu giants to speed up their search for a "new long-term number one," The Sun reported. Navas netted an own goal in the team's 2-1 win over Real Betis last weekend. He almost got a red card as well after a horrendous tackle on Betis striker Darko Brasanac.
What saved Navas from a likely scolding by head coach Zinedine Zidane against Betis were the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, which helped the squad pull off the close win. However, it is still easy to see that Zidane is eager to replace the Costa Rica international soon.
Real Madrid reportedly sent scouts to assess De Gea and Courtois during the FA Cup quarterfinal match between Chelsea and Manchester United on Monday. Chelsea won, 1-0, at Stamford Bridge, but Real Madrid scouts were reportedly more impressed with De Gea.
The United keeper has been the busier of the two mainly because of the Red Devils' poor backfield, while the Belgian shot stopper was quiet because the Blues effectively executed Antonio Conte's system once again. However, Courtois was able to block a strong shot by United striker Marcus Rashford near the end of the game to preserve the victory.
It is not yet clear who among two keepers will be Real's primary target when the summer transfer window opens. However, reports have emerged that it is certain a new goalkeeper will arrive at the Bernabéu next season whether Navas is still around or not.
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