With the transfer market having closed earlier this month most clubs turn their attention back to on-field matters, forgetting about doing deals until it reopens in January, but not Real Madrid as the LaLiga champions have already started planning for next summer with Athletic Club goalkeeper Kepa set to become available on a free transfer in June 2018.
Looking ahead, Los Blancos have already expressed their interest in the player to his agent, although bringing him to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will not be a straightforward process.
Zidane blocked De Gea
David De Gea was heavily linked with joining the European champions for the second time in recent years this summer, but Zinedine Zidane was adamant that Keylor Navas was his No.1, putting an end to any interest the club had in signing a new goalkeeper.
The club also considered moves for Thibaut Courtois and Gianluigi Donnarumma as well, even contacting the Italian teenager this summer, but nothing more came with Zidane’s trust in Keylor being absolute.
Now 30, however, Real Madrid might be looking to the future and will need to turn their attention to a younger shot-stopper in the coming seasons and, at 22, Kepa could be the ideal candidate, especially on a free transfer.
Athletic want Kepa to stay and they claim he sees his future with the Basques, but nearly 10 months into the negotiations of his new deal there is still no agreement.
The club want to increase the player’s release clause – currently 10 million euros – to 65m, which would make him the player with the highest clause in their squad.
It was Athletic’s intention to wrap up discussions after the European U21 Championship but a meeting in August showed that both sides were some way from an agreement.
Soon, Kepa will be free to discuss terms with other clubs and Real, having already expressed an interest, could be hard to turn down for the exciting goalkeeper.
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