Costa Rica’s Premier League target out to upset England

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Levante and Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas believes that his preparations for the World Cup could help seal a move to a major European club.

England may currently be preparing for a second game showdown with Uruguay but their biggest obstacle to progress at the World Cup could await them in the fixture to follow.

While little was expected of Costa Rica ahead of their shock 3-1 victory over the South Americans, one man who was picked out by the pundits to perform on the day was goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

On the books at Levante, where he has established himself as the number one, Navas was ranked as the second best keeper in Spain last year – no mean feat when you consider his employer’s lowly position in the league.

He’s been similarly impressive on the international front, shipping just seven goals during qualifying and proving similarly solid in Brazil last weekend.

Now in the final year of his contract with the Valencia-based minnows, Navas’ current deal contains an €8 million release clause which, come the conclusion of festivities in Brazil, could well be exercised.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are both thought to be keen on the Costa Rican, but Navas could yet opt for a move to England, especially if he keeps the Three Lions at bay next week.

Arsenal are thought to be keen on recruiting Navas, amid ongoing concerns over a lack of cover and competition for the error-prone Wojciech Szczesny following the departure of Lukasz Fabianski to Swansea City.

Everton, meanwhile, are also thought to be keen on the goalkeeper, with Roberto Martinez looking to bolster his options and provide a potential alternative to the 35-year-old Tim Howard.

Speaking in an interview after Costa Rica’s win over Uruguay, Navas admitted his route to the top had been a tough one.

"I have had a tough journey to get where I am but I've fought hard and now I'm reaping the rewards," he told the New Age.

"Hours of training drills based on speeding-up his ability to accelerate, brake and change direction quickly in his area have paid off."

Navas could be about to cash in with a move to English shores.

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