Transfer gossip: Keylor Navas, Rami, Rafinha

Our extensive round-up of what rumours are dominating the headlines in Europe's media.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
11th May 2017

article:11th May 2017

Keen: Navas wants to stay at the Bernabeu.
Keen: Navas wants to stay at the Bernabeu.

With only a few weeks to go until the end of the season, transfer gossip is beginning to gather pace!

Here, we look at three key transfers that could happen this summer as clubs and players alike look for new moves and opportunities.


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KEYLOR NAVAS

The under-fire Real Madrid goalkeeper has reiterated his desire to stay at the Bernabeu and remain No.1.

Navas, who produced a string of fine saves to help Los Blancos reach the Champions League final for a second successive season on Wednesday night, has otherwise been heavily criticized for his indifferent form this term.

This has fuelled speculation Real will replace the Costa Rican this summer or at least make him back-up shot-stopper, with rumours persisting that David De Gea will return to the Spanish capital.

However, Navas, 30, is determined to continue his Real dream and was defiant speaking to the media following the Whites’ aggregate victory over Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

As reported by Marca, he said: “It hasn’t been an easy year for me.

“Having a reduced pre-season was a major burden for me but now I’m feeling great. I’m grateful for being able to play these sort of matches.”

Navas, who probably should have saved Antoine Griezmann’s first-half penalty but made up for it with crucial stops in the second period, added: “I want to stay at Real Madrid for many years to come.

“I don’t care what people say, I just do my job. I notice the fans’ support, it makes me feel well-liked.”

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Real seem set on signing a new goalkeeper and while that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll let Navas leave the club, it’s clear the former Levante stopper won’t be Los Blancos’ No.1 for much longer.

ADIL RAMI

The Sevilla centre-back is closing in on a summer switch to Marseille, according to reports in the French press.

The France international has revealed his desire to link-up with Rudi Garcia again – a coach he worked with for three years at Lille.

Despite having only moved to the Andalusian club just 18 months ago after a spell at AC Milan, the 31-year-old has struggled to settle in Seville and wants to return to Ligue 1.

French outlet L’Equipe have stated that a deal could happen as soon as the transfer window opens, with Rami declaring his ambition to be part of Marseille’s new project (and he even mentioned the Olympians in a recent Instagram post – below).

Despite being fourth in La Liga, a host of Sevilla stars are unsure whether coach Jorge Sampaoli will stay beyond this season and the defender seems to be keen to make a swift exit – suggesting all is not well behind the scenes.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Rami played a starring role in Sevilla’s Europa League triumph last term but now, it seems, he is ready for a new challenge after a topsy-turvy campaign at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. A move to Marseille could help both parties given the player’s advancing years and the fact he has made no secret of his desire to leave.

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RAFINHA

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is set to leave the Nou Camp club at the end of the season.

The Brazilian has been a bit-part player for the last three campaigns at Barca and feels he needs to play regularly if he harbours hopes of playing for Brazil in the 2018 World Cup.

Despite having three years left on his contract with the Catalan giants, the 24-year-old has reportedly revealed that Luis Enrique’s imminent departure will also reduce his chances of more playing time on the pitch.

However, according to Esports Cope, Barca will be unwilling to let Rafinha leave for anything less than €30m (AED 119m).

A host of Premier League clubs have already declared an interest in the Brazil star, including Liverpool and Manchester United.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Rafinha’s Barcelona career seems to be on borrowed time. The midfielder’s been unfortunate with injuries in recent seasons but it doesn’t look like he will go on to become a first-team regular for Blaugrana.

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?

That man Mino Raiola, the famed football agent, is in the headlines again. He claims Paul Pogba’s world-record move to Manchester United didn’t breach third party ownership rules despite reports it did.


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