Real Madrid have not gotten to a very good start to their season. And even though the defence is not the entire problem, it is not a secret that manager Zinedine Zidane wants to strengthen the position during the upcoming transfer window.
Names such as David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois have been previously mentioned as alternatives during the past few months, but another player has emerged as a viable option: Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper, who usually goes by the name of Kepa, has dazzled with his club over the past two seasons and did not have lots of problems to become the starter. His impressive form earned him a call-up to Spain’s national team and even though he is yet to play a game for La Roja, his time will eventually come. He has also gained attention from some of the biggest clubs in Europe, but Real Madrid seem to be the front-runners to land him.
In fact, it has been recently reported that Los Merengues rate Kepa higher than De Gea. The former is younger, cheaper, and probably easier to sign than the Manchester United star. He is under contract until June next year, so Madrid could eventually start talks to sign him in the coming weeks in case the goalkeeper does not extend his current deal with Athletic.