Spanish giants Real Madrid CF are reportedly looking to sign a new goalkeeper, as manager Zinedine Zidane is seemingly concerned about the fact that his team lacks quality between the goal posts.
Following Keylor Navas’ big error this past Tuesday against Fuenlabrada it seems like Real are looking to move forward with the plan of signing a new goalkeeper in January or to wait until the summer transfer window.
As of now, Real’s top two targets are Chelsea FC’s Thibaut Courtois and Manchester United’s shot-stopper and Spain’s top goalkeeper David De Gea.
Zidane’s side could potentially bid for any one of Premier League’s top two keepers, however, the French boss does have another option open to him, which is to sign Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Arrizabalaga will be under contract with Bilbao for the next 6 months and seems like a much cheaper option to Real, whereas both Courtois and De Gea still have 18 months left of their respective Premier League contracts.
Both of Real Madrid’s top two keepers are currently going through a rough stage in their career. Navas, who returned to the first XI on Tuesday, failed to impress as he couldn’t keep out Luis Milla’s shot from distance in the Copa Del Rey. To add to Zidane’s worries, Navas’ mistake almost cost his team their place in the Copa Del Rey.
On the other hand, Madrid’s second choice keeper Kiko Casilla also made a few errors in Real’s match against Malaga, at the weekend.
Madrid’s first option will be to bring in the 23-year-old, Arrizabalaga in January but there are a lot of concerns that the Bilbao keeper might not be able to give competition to Keylor Navas.
Zinedine Zidane’s second option is to wait until the summer and then bid for either De Gea and Courtois, which is also the superior option.
De Gea has been linked with Real Madrid for a long time and only time will tell if Madrid finally manages to land the Red Devils’ goalkeeper. Courtois, on the other hand, has previously played in the city of Madrid, as part of Atletico.