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Jul 23, 2014

Madrid close in on Keylor Navas deal

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Real Madrid have reached an agreement to sign Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas, AS.com reports.

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Navas, who is on holiday in his native Costa Rica, has already begun sending goodbye messages to his Levante teammates.

Having already signed Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, Los Blancos' plan is to tie up the transfer as soon as possible and, although a move for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is still pending, concentrate on player departures and the team's pre-season in the United States.

Madrid's director general, Jose Angel Sanchez, was due to fly to Los Angeles on Wednesday, but has delayed his journey to finalise the signing of the 27-year-old. Club president Florentino Perez was also planning to be with the team in the U.S. and is expected to arrive there next week.

Real will pay Navas' buyout clause, with eight million euros going to the club and two million euros going to the player.

On Monday, Levante president Quico Catalan had said: "If we had a total agreement, it would be made public, but we don't. A lot of that is down to the player. A decision will be taken when both parties are clear on things."

AS.com reports that Navas has now decided that he wants to play for Real Madrid.

The European champions will now seek to offload two of their existing goalkeepers.

Academy graduate Jesus Fernandez -- who had appeared set to join Granada in June, only for Madrid to ask him to hold off on the deal -- is now looking for a club but one of Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas will also have to leave.

The club's preference is for Lopez to depart the Santiago Bernabeu, but the Galician does not want to move and plans to fight for his place in the team. Casillas also wants to stay, and said so Perez and Sanchez in a meeting before the World Cup in Brazil.

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