Real Madrid wrestle with keeper conundrum with David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois on radar

Real Madrid wrestle with keeper conundrum with De Gea and Courtois on radar
Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane wants a change between the sticks (Getty)

Real Madrid have made signing a new goalkeeper a priority – but are undecided whether to address the issue in January or at the end of the season, according to reports.

The Spanish giants have concluded that their current options between the sticks are not of the required level.

It follows an error from current No 1 Keylor Navas against minnows Fuenlabrada that nearly cost Real Madrid a place in the Copa del Rey.

At the weekend, No 2 Kiko Casillas let in a shot from range against Malaga.

Keylor Navas in action for Real Madrid
Keylor Navas didn’t look assured in midweek (Getty)

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The Daily Mailreport that Real Madrid have three targets on their radar – Manchester United’s David De Gea, Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois and Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The latter’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he could potentially be signed – at a cut-price fee – in January.

Meanwhile, the Premier League pair have 18 months remaining on their respective contracts and would not be viable options until the end of the season.

Real Madrid wrestle with keeper conundrum with De Gea and Courtois on radar
David De Gea has come close to joining Real Madrid in the past (Getty)
Thibaut Courtois fist pumps the air in celebration
Thibaut Courtois has spoken of a desire to return to the Spanish capital, where he played with Atletico (Getty)
Real Madrid wrestle with keeper conundrum with De Gea and Courtois on radar
Kepa Arrizabalaga is only 23 but already a Spain international (Getty)

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De Gea and Courtois are reportedly the preferred options, but they would cost much more than Kepa and leave Real Madrid waiting for longer than they would like.

If Real Madrid were to sign Arrizabalaga in January, it could finally end speculation linking De Gea and Courtois to the Spanish capital.

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