Not Navas: Arsenal sealing deal for new Petr Cech

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Arsenal have reportedly made an initial approach over sealing the transfer of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, but face competition from Real Madrid and Juventus.

The Gunners seem keen on bringing in a long-term replacement for the struggling Petr Cech, who looks past his peak as Arsene Wenger’s side struggle defensively this season.

Kepa would surely be an upgrade, with the 23-year-old attracting the interest of a number of top clubs as Marcareport he is yet to commit his future to his current club.

Still, it seems Arsenal are not currently leading the race for Kepa’s signature as they have only had contact with unofficial intermediaries, while Real Madrid are considering stepping up their efforts to land him by meeting his £18million release clause, according to Marca.

It is known that Real are looking to offload current number one Keylor Navas in the near future, with Diario Goltoday reporting that Florentino Perez has decided to axe the player despite manager Zinedine Zidane being a fan of his abilities.

The report claims Real remain committed to bringing in a big name like David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois in that position, and an earlier claim by Diario Gol also added that the Gunners could swoop for Navas if he becomes available.

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