Published on July 1st, 2014 | by soccersweep0
Arsenal looking to sign a freak of nature – report
Arsenal are reportedly looking to beat other clubs to the signing of goalkeeper Keylor Navas. The 27 year old has had almost impossibly good World Cup, making some physics-defying saves, and Arsenal could be willing to meet his release clause according to The Metro.
Navas put clubs on alert earlier in the tournament thanks to his excellent shot stopping skills that went on to help his national side top their group.
He further attracted attention thanks to heroic performance against Greece that saw Costa Rica progress to the quarter-finals after a tense penalty shootout.
The goalkepper, who has 57 caps for Costa Rica, joined Spanish side Levante in 2012 after a loan spell in the previous season. Although originally signed as backup he has since become the first choice keeper and has gone on to make 57 league appearances for the Spanish side.
With a reported release fee of just £6.5 million, Navas would represent value for money for such an experienced player.
Arsenal are currently short in the goalkeeping department. Italian Emiliano Vivano returned to Palermo following a season long loan in which he made no appearances for the club.
Meanwhile long-term servant Lukasz Fabianski left the club to join Swansea City after he failed to establish himself as the number one shot stopper at The Emirates. He was more often than not relegated to the bench by 24 year old Wojciech Szczęsny.
This has left the North London club with only Szczęsny as a senior goalkeeper at the club, making the position a priority during the summer transfer window.
Arsene Wenger was previously linked with a move for Manchester City’s Costel Pantilimon earlier in the year. The player was out of contract and could have been signed as a free transfer, however he has since been signed by Sunderland on a four year deal.