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Report: Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas to join Bayern Munich this week

Navas will reportedly become Manuel Neuer's backup.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Bayern Munich currently employ the world's best goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Bayern also currently have Tom Starke under contract for one more season. So, it makes perfect sense that they're about to sign another goalkeeper, right?

If reports out of Spain is to be believed, Bayern will soon activate the release clause in the contract of Levante and Costa Rica starting goalkeeper Keylor Navas. He was one of the stars of the World Cup helping lead Costa Rica on an improbable run to the quarterfinals. Atletico Madrid and Porto are also interested in signing him.

Navas has a €10 million buyout clause, and all three clubs repeatedly are willing to pay the fee. He is 27 years old, which is only one year younger than Neuer, so Navas choosing to join Bayern means that he is confident in his ability to overthrow Starke for the number two position. He's not going to beat out Neuer for the number one job.

Being able to sign Navas as the club's number two would be quite the coup. He's been seen as the "1B" to Tim Howard's "1A" in CONCACAF for quite some time now and being able to have a backup the quality of Navas is something that you can't really turn down, if he wants to join the club.

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