An update has emerged on PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas, regarding Newcastle’s interest in his services.
According to Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo, Newcastle’s new owners, PIF, are lining up a swoop for the PSG goalkeeper.
The report claims Navas is one of the players on the Magpies’ transfer wishlist following PIF’s takeover of the club from Mike Ashley, with Mauro Icardi and Philippe Coutinho also mentioned.
Newcastle must ensure that they can get a deal over the line for Navas in the January window as he would be a marquee addition to the squad. The fans would love the statement of intent his signing would send, as the shot-stopper is an established, decorated, top-class player in European football.
At the age of 34, Navas would not be a signing for the long-term, but that does not mean he would not have a positive impact on the club’s future. If they can get a player of his reputation through the door then it could persuade others to follow suit and join the project, with the £210k-per-week gem potentially being the trailblazer of the new era in the Magpies’ history.
Earlier this year, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino lauded Navas’ impact on the team. He said:
“We can say his actions show his quality. He just proves that he’s at the highest level in the world.
“I think we all saw him tonight. There are good and bad times in football. In a match, you have to know how to hold on. We were able to do that, with the help of our great goalkeeper, who made the difference.”
Navas has played over 200 times for Real Madrid and PSG combined during his career, winning an eye-catching three Champions League titles, among other trophies. However, he is currently playing second-fiddle to European Championships Player of the Tournament Gianluigi Donnarumma, which could open the door for Newcastle to swoop in.
Whilst he would arrive at St. James’ Park with a wealth of experience and an aura of respect, the Costa Rica international has still got the quality to make a difference on the pitch despite his age. He has a sensational 50% penalty save rate in Paris, saving four of the eight he has faced between the sticks for the Ligue 1 side, and has kept 41 clean sheets in 88 matches for PSG.
Newcastle supporters would be undeniably pleased with that.