Paris Saint-Germain star Keylor Navas has refused to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo in favor of Nottingham Forest.
The Costa Rican international had been at the center of a standoff between Forest and Saudi side Al Nassr, who recently signed Ronaldo on a record-breaking salary after leaving Manchester United.
But according to L’Equipe, the Premier League side appear to have won the battle in a major boost for Steve Cooper’s side, with the 36-year-old accepting Forest’s bid over Al Nassr.
Navas was lucky to reunite with Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia, with the two winning three Champions League titles together at Real Madrid.
However, the PSG goalkeeper has been tempted by a move to England and wants to try and keep Forest in the Premier League on a big payday.
It is further reported that the French giants are yet to accept Forest’s offer and are yet to decide whether to loan the Costa Rican with an option to buy or insist on a permanent transfer.
It comes after the veteran goalkeeper fell down the pecking order at the Parc des Princes, where Gianluigi Donnarumma is firmly first choice but his £8m salary could be a problem.
Al Nassr had growing interest in Navas throughout the month as PSG were in Saudi Arabia to play in an exhibition clash.
Navas actually conceded a penalty in the game by punching former Los Blancos teammate Ronaldo in the face, leaving him with a black eye – so it’s no surprise he’s in no rush to reunite with the superstar Portuguese so soon.
Former Arsenal star David Ospina is currently Al Nassr’s first choice but the Colombian is currently injured.
However, a short-term move to Forest is now the likeliest option, with Bournemouth among the other clubs interested.
What that means this summer remains to be seen, but Forest boss Cooper will be over the moon if he lands the world-class goalkeeper to fill the void left by injured No.1 Dean Henderson.
The Manchester United loanee faces a long spell on the sidelines through injury while the City Ground side can’t afford to let their recent form slip as they look to stay in the squad. head.
Forest had a stellar January, winning two and drawing their last four Premier League games to soar.
They currently sit in 13th place but remain just four points clear of the relegation zone and any drop in form could spell disaster.
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