Ronaldo's ex-Real teammate 'in talks' to join Al Nassr

Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Keylor Navas
Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Keylor Navas

A former Real Madrid star could be set for a reunion with ex-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia amid reports of ongoing talks for him to join Al Nassr. 

Al Nassr are understood to already be working on another deal to lure one of the most accomplished stars in Europe over the past decade to their home.

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In recent weeks, Spanish media has suggested that Spanish duo Sergio Busquets and Sergio Ramos are also on the Saudi club's radar as they look for follow up Ronaldo's blockbuster arrival with that of another notable European star.

Marca has now claimed that the Gulf outfit has sets its sites on Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas, and have already entered into negotiations with the veteran's representatives.

The Costa Rica international is expected to be in Saudi Arabia later this week, when PSG take on an Al Hilal/Al Nassr all-star XI on Thursday.

As such, talks regarding the potential transfer are expected to accelerate, with the Riyadh team said to have offered Navas €4 million (R73 million) to play for them for the remainder of the season.

The club's current No. 1 David Ospina, who only joined in July 2022, has been ruled out for six weeks due to injury, and Al Nassr side are keen to find a capable replacement as soon as possible.

After leaving Real for Paris in 2019, Navas has played second fiddle ever since Italy stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma moved to the Parc des Princes in 2021, and has made just one appearance all season, in the Coupe de France. 

The transfer would mark an unexpected reunion between the shot-stopper and Ronaldo after they spent four trophy-laden seasons together at Los Blancos, where they won three UEFA Champions League titles together. 

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The Central American has previously expressed his admiration for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, suggested that Real had become weaker following Ronaldo's departure for Juventus in 2018.

"Cristiano left the bar very high at Real Madrid," Navas said at the time.

"You cannot cover the sun with a finger. He made many goals while he was here, but it's already the past and we cannot live in the past."

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