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Real Madrid considering permanent move for loan star, negotiations have not started yet

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Real Madrid’s season has been riddled with injuries. The absence of Thibaut Courtois just before the campaign began cast a shadow over the pitch, leaving behind an irreplaceable void between the goalposts.

The Merengues attempted to soften the blow of Courtois’ ACL injury by acquiring Kepa Arrizabalaga on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

With a dominant first-place position in both La Liga and their Champions League group, it suffices to say Kepa has done well guarding the sticks for Real Madrid this season, albeit with some help from backup Andry Lunin, who is making up for Kepa’s temporary absence.

Real Madrid considering to buy Kepa

Now, according to Matteo Moretto, Real Madrid are considering whether to buy Kepa permanently or not and how they will do it.

There are no negotiations with Chelsea as of today, but the intention is there, and the decision is starting to be contemplated by members of the Madrid hierarchy.

While Lunin is currently doing a fine job for Real Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti has already declared Kepa as the starting goalkeeper, as he is set to reclaim his spot in the XI after returning from injury.

Kepa has impressed the Madrid faithful. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

In both the Champions League and La Liga, the goalie will be placed higher than Lunin in the pecking order, which is a testament to how much the club values him.

While Courtois’ return is imminent next season, the 29-year-old keeper is keen on continuing in the Spanish capital, having claimed previously:

“Staying at Real Madrid? Of course, yes, I still want that.”

The Spaniard was closing in on a move to Bayern Munich, but when Real Madrid came knocking, he did not think twice.

And now, the possibility of him staying for longer than initially expected is in the offing.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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