One role that Real Madrid can improve in the summer transfer window is the goalkeeper one. Keylor Navas showed flaws and he’s faced several controversy and criticism during the season, but he stood up and won La Liga and the Champions League with great performances. Now, the debate is opened: Should Real Madrid sign a new goalkeeper?
Gigi Donnarumma announced last week that he won’t renew his contract with AC Milan, expiring in 2018. So now, the club needs to sell him to get some money out of him and his agent, Mino Raiola, said that Real Madrid have already made a bid. Besides, David De Gea has been a target for Los Blancos in the last three years and Florentino Pérez looks focused on getting him after the problems with the paperwork in the deadline day two years ago.
David De Gea is 26 years old and he’s been playing for Manchester United for the last six years. Before, he was defending Atlético Madrid’s t-shirt. He’s the goalkeeper of the Spanish national team and he wants to live in Madrid as his girlfriend and family are in the capital. De Gea’s transfer fee would be very high, around €75M, perhaps the highest transfer fee ever paid for a goalkeeper.
On the other hand, Gigi Donnarumma is 18 years old and he’s played the last two season for AC Milan, becoming one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A and the Buffon’s replacement in the national team. His transfer fee would be very low and he has a great future in front of him. The flaw is that he has not the experience of De Gea or Keylor Navas, as he has never played the Champions League, for instance.
Then, we have Keylor Navas. The Costa Rican goalkeeper is 30 years old and he arrived to Real Madrid in 2014 from Levante after paying €10M. That summer, Keylor showed off with his national team in the Brazilian World Cup. During his first season, he had to compete with Iker Casillas and he didn’t have many opportunities. Then, with Zidane on the bench, he’s been always in the line-up, winning back-to-back titles of the Champions League. He has committed many mistakes this season, but he ended up the year with great performances and he has the support of his colleagues and the coach.
Taking all this in consideration, what should Florentino Pérez do? Should he support Keylor Navas as the goalkeeper like the Real Madrid players want? Should he spend a lot of money for De Gea? Should he think about the future and sign Donnarumma?