Real Madrid have told keeper Kiko Casilla that he can leave the club and pursue a move to the Premier League, according to reports.
Long have Madrid been keen admirers of young Basque keeper Kepa and it now seems that a deal has been completed which will see him arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu in January.
Spanish daily Marca report the deal which they say will be formally completed following Madrid’s participation in the Club World Cup next week in Abu Dhabi.
With the move now expected to happen, it should see the youngster move straight into the starting eleven at the Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Navas’ future in doubt.
Current back-up keeper Casilla has been told he can leave the club in January and is now expected to pursue a move to England, where he was linked with Newcastle United over the summer.
Toon boss Rafa Benitez is keen to bring in the talented stopper and bolster his side for the second half of the Premier League season, providing competition for current number one Rob Elliot and reserve keeper Karl Darlow.
The 31-year-old was signed from Espanyol in 2015 and has played as a back-up to Navas, making 22 appearances in La Liga.