Transfer stories continue to swirl around Bernabeu as Real Madrid makes early indications of their interest in 23-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. The young keeper currently guards the sticks at Athletic Bilbao but is eyeing a move out of the Basque region. Marca reports, “Overwhelmed by the pressure in Athletic and the possibility of missing out on going to the World Cup, He might be joining Real Madrid by the next January window after a €20 million clause payment”
If Kepa feels the pressure at Athletic, I’m not sure how he would fair in front of the Madridistas. He will certainly come under more pressure and scrutiny if the deal with Madrid goes through.
De Gea Who
With this news, it is unclear whether Real Madrid has given up their goals of acquiring De Gea or if he is still an option for them. Additionally, the purchase of Kepa would certainly mean Keylor Navas would be on his way out, so naturally, questions about where Navas could end up will emerge once again. What do you guys think, who should Real Madrid go after: Kepa, De Gea, or keep Navas? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.
Barca-Liverpool Soap Opera Continues
A saga that continues to unfold, Barca is back in negations with Liverpool to bring Coutinho to the Camp Nou. If last transfer window didn’t provide enough fuel for this fire, the two clubs are still at it, but this time, Barca is being a bit more transparent with their actions. Mundo Deportivo reports, “Barça and Liverpool will hold a meeting later this month in which Barça hopes to complete the signing of Coutinho”
What Barca Wants, Barca Gets
It seems highly unlikely that Coutinho won’t end up at Barcelona at some point, but the real questions remain: when and for how much? Barca sits comfortably at the top of the table with no indications of letting up, while Liverpool is fighting tooth and nail in the Premier League. It seems doubtful that a deal would be made during this January transfer market. Odds are Coutinho will stay with Klopp until the summer and then all bets are off. Share your thoughts in the comments.