Real Madrid 'nearing Kepa Arrizabalaga deal'

Real Madrid 'nearing Kepa deal'
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Real Madrid will sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during the January transfer window, according to a report.

Real Madrid will reportedly sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during the January transfer window.

Kepa, 23, will see his current deal with Bilbao expire at the end of the season, but the Basque club's president Josu Urrutia recently claimed that he was confident of tying the stopper to a new contract.

The former Spain Under-21 international has featured in 10 of Bilbao's 11 La Liga matches at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, and is widely regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in European football.

According to Marca, Madrid will offer £17.7m to complete the deal in January, with Bilbao wary that they could lose the Spaniard for nothing at the end of the current season.

Current Madrid number one Keylor Navas has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool in recent days.

General view of Athletic Bilbao San Mames Stadium before the La Liga match between Athletic Club and Levante UD at San Mames Stadium on August 30, 2014
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