Real Madrid are said to be ready to complete the signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Club Bilbao once the transfer window reopens in January. Arsenal and Juventus have also recently been linked with the Spaniard but Marca claims in its Monday front cover (11 December) that Los Blancos will dangle an offer worth €25m (£22m, $29.5m) to lure the 23-year-old keeper to the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of the second half of the season. Kepa has a €20m buy-out clause in his contract at San Mames but Spanish publications claim Real are ready to pay €5m extra to maintain a good relationship with the Basque side. Zinedine Zidane's side employed a similar strategy in the summer with the signings of Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos by offering a little bit more than the fee set in their respective release clauses at Atletico Madrid and Real Betis. Marca adds that Kepa would commit his long-term future to Real by signing a six-year deal worth €2.5m (£2.2m) a year in wages. The current Athletic keeper has emerged as one of the most promising goalies in Europe since making his senior debut at the Basque side in a 1-0 victory over Deportivo de La Coruña on 11 September 2016.
Kepa Arrizabalaga 'ready' to join Real Madrid from Athletic Club Bilbao in £22m January deal
International Business Times | Dec 11