During the first week in January, Real Madrid expect to complete the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga with an offer of 25 million euros being made as soon as the transfer window opens.
The Spanish goalkeeper's contract dispute with Athletic Club has been a longstanding issue, he has been in negotiations for over 12 months and an agreement hasn't been reached.
With Los Blancos looking to plan for life after Keylor Navas, completing the signing of a hugely promising 23-year-old stopper with LaLiga experience seems like a no-brainer.
Kepa's current contract with the Basque club ends in June 2018, however with Spanish clubs unable to talk to domestic based players about Bosman transfers, the defending champions could be forced to pay his buy-out clause to avoid foreign interest turning his head.
Furthermore it's worth remembering that had the goalkeeper not signed a new contract, it was expected that Kepa would be placed in exile and his chances of going to the World Cup would have evaporated, although he isn't expecting to feature unless David de Gea suffers an injury anyway.
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