Real Madrid firmly closed the door on the transfer of Kepa at least until June but this does not mean that they have ruled out the idea of bringing in a goalkeeper for next season with David de Gea first and foremost and then Thibaud Courtois among the preferred options.
Now is the time for reflection, as with other positions on the pitch, and looking into who would be the wisest choice to play in goal looking forwards.
With Kepa looking at a new deal now at Athletic which would see a buy-out clause of 80 million and Zidane not keen on brining in reinforcements during January, a move for a goalkeeper would be the plan for the future.
The search for a goalkeeper is nothing new and includes the failed attempt to bring in De Gea during the summer of 2015, with Keylor Navas on the verge of going the other way, and the same deal was rumoured to be on the cards also the following year.
Real’s success this season, the performances of Navas along with the possibility of bringing in either De Gea or Courtois from their respective clubs, will go a long way towards what happens.
The option of Kepa in a cut-price deal is no longer available and 80 million would put him in the same bracket as the other players but without their experience.