Everton in fight for £6.5m World Cup star as Howard replacement

Roberto Martinez was previously linked with a move for Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas but will need to move fast if the Toffees are to capture the Levante star.

Everton face an almighty task to convince Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas to sign for the club after interest surrounding the 27-year-old exploded following his match-winning display for Costa Rica at the World Cup.

Navas was in his element for the Ticos against Greece, putting in a near-faultless display despite a late equaliser for their European opponents which took the game to extra time.

Down to 10 men for much of the contest, the Levante keeper pulled off a string of sensational stops as Greece looked to press home their advantage.

But after denying them in extra time Navas became the hero – saving the decisive spot kick from Theofanis Gekas in the penalty shootout as Costa Rica went through.

However while such developments can only spell good news for Navas, Roberto Martinez’s hopes of signing the Levante keeper have become slim at best.

According to Super Deportes, the Spaniard had identified Navas as the ideal long-term successor to Tim Howard in the Everton goal.

But with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and most notably Atletico Madrid now entering the race to recruit the goalkeeper, the Toffees chances of success look slim.

Navas reportedly has a £6.5 million release clause in his contract, and while a move to Arsenal or Liverpool would most likely see him warming the bench, Atleti could be able to offer the Costa Rican first team action.

Much could depend on the destination of Thibaut Courtois, who is expected to return to Chelsea.

Sign for another season in Madrid, however, and Everton may just have hope.

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