Jul 8, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT
Bayern Munich may be backing up a current World Cup semifinalist with a hero from the quarters, but will it be a worthwhile move for the No. 2 in question?
Teams across Europe are keen on Keylor Navas after watching the goalkeeper play the role of Superman in Costa Rica’s World Cup run, and Levante is cool to accept a bid from someone while Navas’ stock is extra high, especially considering some estimate his value doubled during the World Cup.
According to a report from Las Provincias (translated by 101greatgoals), Bayern is in the driver’s seat with a $13.5 million dollar bid to Levante.
But how does this work for Navas?
Navas was one of the stars of the Ticas team who performed so admirably at the World Cup, and now rumours are swelling that the talented stopper is heading to the Allianz Arena.
The size of Bayern’s offer has Levante over a barrel. The club are heavily in debt, the money banked form the Navas sale will help reduce the liability of the club’s creditors.
As for Navas himself, one has to wonder just how clever this move is, as the 27-year-old keeper is undoubtedly going to be the understudy to number one goalie Manuel Neuer in Munich.
The last paragraph is what interests us. If there is one goalkeeper in the world who is secure in his job status, it’s Neuer. There’s no question that Bayern could use an improved emergency plan should the superstar go down, but he rarely needs a night off; 2013/14 backup backstop Lukas Raeder is gone and the current No. 2, Tom Starke, has played just five times for the Bavarians since joining from Hoffenheim in 2012.
With Neuer just 28, why should Navas head where he has little hope of featuring? With his star as bright as ever before and teams like Atletico Madrid interested, wouldn’t it behoove the Costa Rican to strong arm his money-hungry club into a more-desired destination?
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