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Newcastle United Eyeing A Move For This Ligue 1 Keeper: What Will He Bring To Tyneside?

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In a recent report, Estadio Deportivo claimed that Newcastle United are eyeing a move for Paris Saint-Germain keeper Keylor Navas. It is believed that the Magpies have set their sights on the experienced Costa Rica international following the takeover of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia recently.

Navas’ Impressive Form At Parc Des Princes This Season

The 34-year-old has made a decent start to this season by putting in a couple of impressive performances as PSG’s primary goalkeeper. Navas has conceded eight goals and kept two clean sheets in eight matches for the French outfit so far in this campaign across all competitions.

The veteran custodian has done well to average 0.5 clearances and 4.0 long balls per game in Ligue 1 this season. He has even distributed possession with a lot of conviction from the back after completing 91.5% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

At 34, Navas would believe that he has still got a handful of years left in him to play at a high level. Hence, he will be an excellent short-term signing for the Magpies if they can find a way to convince him to seal a move to St. James’ Park next year.

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SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – SEPTEMBER 5: Goalkeeper Keylor Navas #1 of Costa Rica dribbles against Rogelio Funes Mori #11 of Mexico during the Concacaf 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica on September 5, 2021 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo by Arnoldo Robert/Getty Images)
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What Will Navas Bring To Newcastle United?

Navas has been a safe pair of hands in between the sticks in European football over the past decade. He boasts decent reflexes and can make a few world-class saves at the back. The 93-time Costa Rica international is a solid handler of the ball as well and can dominate his own penalty area when coming out to collect crosses. He is a good passer of the ball and has got the experience to lead a club of Newcastle’s history back to their glory days.

Hence, the Tyneside outfit should focus on launching a move to bring Navas to the Premier League during this January transfer window or next summer. Newcastle United’s new owners have got enough financial resources to make this transfer happen.

If Steve Bruce is still in charge of the Magpies next year, he can expect Navas to bring plenty of quality to this goalkeeping department. Furthermore, the Costa Rica keeper will be a significant upgrade over Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow at St. James’ Park in the coming seasons.

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