Real To Ditch De Gea Pursuit For Former La Liga Star

Ross Houston
December 1, 2017

Keylor Navas' error against minnows Fuenlabrada on Tuesday night intensified the debate over whether Real should push forward with recruitment plans in January, or to wait until the summer.

However, with both clubs demanding huge fees, Los Blancos have chose to look closer to home for a cut-price deal.

Antonio Conte
GETTY Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was sent to the stands during last night's 1-0 win over Swansea

Premier League champions Chelsea have emerged as surprise candidates to sign Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil from Arsenal.

Both been looked at before and Madrid see both as available albeit for considerably more financial outlay then Kepa.

Real Madrid were plotting to sign Kepa in the summer on a free transfer, but the club have decided against dragging the saga on and are prepared to get the deal over the line in January.

Kepa, who recently won his first Spain cap, is out of contract at San Mames and looks likely to join in the summer on a free transfer, while Real would also have to wait until the end of the season to land Guedes - a young PSG winger who is now on loan at Valencia.

Kepa has proved himself as a dependable option for the Basque outfit. The 27-year old has established himself at the Old Trafford and is now one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Los Blancos travel to San Mames this weekend and will have another close-up of Kepa in action on Saturday. There are suggestions that the Spanish side's dithering in 2015 made De Gea feel he wasn't really wanted as much as it first seemed and left a bitter feeling towards the club. Meanwhile, Courtois' future appears to be unclear at Chelsea, with Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws reporting he rejected a contract extension offered in May.

Madrid are eight points off Barcelona, who now occupy top spot in La Liga.

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