Julen Lopetegui’s Real Madrid are not holding back in the transfer market and have added to the arrival of Rodrygo by signing 19-year-old goalkeeper Andriy Lunin for a fee believed to be around €14 million.
Andriy Lunin has already racked up two caps with Ukraine and has two seasons of top flight first team football under his belt, having kept 20 clean sheets in 51 games for Zorya Luhansk. Having come through the youth ranks of Dnipropetrovsk, the 19 year old was offloaded to Zorya only last summer. This was due to the downfall of Dnipro, who are a long way away from the side that competed with Sevilla in the Europa League Final in 2015. Dnipro were relegated from the Ukrainian Premier League last year and due to financial administration issues, they have been relegated to amateur football next season by FIFA.
According to MARCA, he will now join the Real Madrid first team for pre-season where Lopetegui will make a judgement on whether he will be included in the first team squad for 2018/19.
That decision could depend on whether Lopetegui follows in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane and entrusts Keylor Navas with the number one spot or looks to bring in another man between the sticks.
It could also impact on the futures of two other goalkeepers in Kiko Casilla, the current second choice, and French youngster Luca Zidane, the third choice goalkeeper last season, who made his first team debut in the last LaLiga game of the season against Villarreal.
The signing reflects a continuation of Florentino Perez’s recent policy of looking to bring in the best young talents and develop them in Chamartin, rather than splashing out on superstars wherever possible. Andriy Lunin is very well thought of across the continent.