Atletico line up World Cup star to replace Chelsea bound Courtois

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The Costa Rica stopper has had a fine World Cup, and is seemingly open to joining the La Liga champions.

The goalkeeper, who has shone in Brazil, has already proved himself an outstanding goalkeeper in La Liga while at Levante, form that has seen him attracting the interest of one major Spanish club on the look out for a new stopper in Atletico Madrid.

Navas has conceded just one goal in his nation's qualification from Group D as winners, and now the 27-year-old is set to face Group C runners up Greece for a place in the quarter finals.

If the goalkeeper was to switch to Atletico in place of Thibaut Courtois, he would have a tough act to follow, with the Belgian hugely impressing in his time at the Vicente Calderon. It would not be something that would dissuade him though.

“Atletico? It would be amazing," Navas said when questioned about a move. "They really excite me. If they came for me, it’d be an honour to replace an incredible goalkeeper [Courtois].

“They have a great defence, something that is very important. Even if you’re a good keeper and in good form, it’s icing on the cake to have a good defence as well.”

Courtois made 154 appearances for the Madrid side, culminating in the club's first La Liga triumph since 1996, as well as making it to the Champions League final.

He has also impressed in Brazil, with Belgium winning their own group to set up a tie with the US on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho has already revealed the 22-year-old is set to return to Stamford Bridge next season, with press reports stating he may even usurp Petr Cech as the London club's number one.

Levante president Quico Catalan has admitted he may have to consider the sale of Navas, with the player having just a year left on his contract and a release clause of €10 million.

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