Arsenal and Chelsea enter race for Real Madrid star

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • 9 Jul 2024 21:30 BST
  • 3 min read
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal, Enzo Maresca, Chelsea

Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly among the clubs to have enquired about Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.

The 25-year-old has just one year left on his current Los Blancos contract and faces an uncertain future at the club amid Thibaut Courtois’ return to fitness.

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Lunin stood in for the Belgian last season, despite Kepa Arrizabalaga’s arrival on loan for Chelsea, and performed admirably as Real Madrid won LaLiga and the Champions League.

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He made 32 appearances in all competitions last term, keeping 12 clean sheets and conceding just 32 goals.

However, the Ukraine international is eager to be rewarded with regular first-team football and he could leave Los Blancos this summer as a result.

According to TBR Football, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have all contacted Real Madrid as they eye a possible summer move for Lunin.

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David Raya, Alisson and Ederson are nailed-on first-choice goalkeepers at Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City, while Robert Sanchez is set to be handed the gloves under Enzo Maresca at Chelsea.

Despite this, all four clubs are reportedly interested in signing Lunin this summer.

Diogo Costa to Real Madrid?

According to Diario AS, Jorge Mendes, who is famously the agent of Cristiano Ronaldo, is set to offer Diogo Costa to Real Madrid if Lunin leaves the club.

However, Real Madrid would need to agree a deal with Porto, and they currently aren’t interested in selling their number one.

In fact, Porto president Andre Villas-Boas recently told Portuguese media: “We have no interest in getting rid of him [Costa], we want him to stay in Porto colours.”

Costa has a reported €75 million release clause, while his current deal at Porto runs until 2027.

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