This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Reports coming from Paris United have stated that the transfer of Keylor Navas to PSG could have an ulterior motive. They mention that it is a way for Florentino Perez to put himself on good terms with the French club, all with a single purpose: Kylian Mbappe.
The French outlet seems to believe that Navas to PSG is as good as done and his transfer should be made official in the coming days or even earlier than that. The Parisians were seemingly on the lookout for a reliable man between the sticks after Gigi Buffon returned to Juventus and Navas is certainly that.
The great Costa Rican was a part of Real Madrid’s incredible three Champions League wins in a row, manning the goal in all three finals as well as being a big piece in Zinedine Zidane’s first tenure at the club overall. Even though he’s 32 now, Navas is still very much a viable option and should do well in the French capital.
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But as Paris United also noted, this deal just might be the first step towards a much bigger piece of business that could happen in the future. Perez just might sneakily be building trust with Nasser Al-Khelaifi, all with a purpose of one day snatching his prised possession away.
It has been a while since Real Madrid bought a true Galactico, one worthy of the name with both his pedigree, skill and price. Sure, Eden Hazard could be categorised as one but even though buying the Belgian from Chelsea was huge, it would probably not be Mbappe huge.
After all, at just 20 years of age Mbappe is already a three-time Ligue 1 winner, a World Cup winner and a fourth-placed finisher in the Ballon d’Or rankings for 2018 – jumping up from seventh the year prior.
And that’s exactly why Real are so adamant in pleasing PSG, unlike their rivals, Barcelona, who have a notoriously bad relationship with the French team and as a result, they are struggling to get the Neymar deal over the line.
Perez, on the other hand, is taking a different route and also taking a page out of the Catalans’ book. Navas is a step towards building a healthy relationship that maybe eases them into negotiations for Mbappe when the time is right in the future – Paris United even suggest next summer.
Taking such a highly-valued asset from such a big club will no doubt be difficult but precisely for that reason, Real seem to be laying the foundations now.
Maybe Real Madrid could’ve still used a goalkeeper of Navas’ abilities, but giving him away to PSG is a small price to pay if they succeed in this attempt to snap up Mbappe.