PARIS: In a transfer deadline deal with the French international Alphonse Areola, goalkeeper Keylor Navas have moved in the opposite direction, from Real Madrid joining Paris Saint-Germain .
The Costa Rican player, Navas, 32-year-old, has played 104 times at Madrid winning the Champions League three times, and represents a safe pair of hands as first choice for PSG in their quest for European glory.
According to reports, he has joined PSG on a four-year deal. No fee has been confirmed the Spanish press, saying it was 15 million euros (RM69.3 million).
In the 2018 Champions League, Navas was voted best ‘keeper’, when he also won UEFA’s goalkeeper of the year award.
PSG have tried several goalkeepers in recent seasons with German Kevin Trapp and Italians Salvatore Sirigu and Gianluigi Buffon, at 40, all falling short.
In the PSG website, Navas said that he was relishing the challenge as gatekeeper for PSG’s European quest.
“I come here today with great emotion,“ Navas said.
“After my Spanish experience, I arrive in France with big ambitions. Paris Saint-Germain is a prestigious club in Latin America and I’m delighted to join a club with such ambitions,“ he said. The 26-year-old Areola joins Madrid on loan with a purchase option and will likely be backup to Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois.