Keylor Navas will become a Paris Saint-Germain player on Monday, the last day of the summer transfer window.
The Ligue 1 side will pay Real Madrid 15 million euros, in addition to loaning World Cup-winning goalkeeper Alphonse Areola – who has previously played in LaLiga Santander for Villarreal – to Los Blancos for the 2019/20 campaign, while Keylor will sign a three-year contract in Paris worth six million euros net per season.
The agreement between PSG and Keylor is sealed and does not differ much from the one that the goalkeeper had agreed to back in June, when Antero Henrique was still the sporting director at PSG.
Keylor will still be named in Madrid‘s squad list for the trip to Villarreal on Sunday night, which will be his last involvement with Zinedine Zidane‘s side. The reason for waiting until Monday to announce the transfer is because it was practically impossible for Keylor to be registered in time to play Metz and for Areola to have joined up with the Madrid squad before the Villarreal clash. For both sides, it was easier to keep both players for this game and to then make the transfer official on Monday.
Despite Keylor‘s future having been up in the air for much of the summer, the Costa Rican remains one of the most beloved members of the Madrid squad and for many of his current teammates. It will be strange for many of them to see him in PSG‘s colors when the Parisians face Madrid in the Champions League, first in Paris on 18 September before Keylor returns to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 26. The deal was effectively closed prior to Thursday’s Champions League draw and the fact that PSG and Madrid were put in the same group has not affected anything.
Keylor will say goodbye to Madrid after five seasons at the club in which he has made 162 appearances, playing a key role as Los Blancos won three successive Champions Leagues between 2016 and 2018. The 32-year-old has also won four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, one LaLiga Santander title and one Supercopa de Espana during his time in the Spanish capital.