Andriy Lunin’s name now carries a €8 million price tag from Real Madrid
The future of the Ukrainian custodian has been up for debate for some time, but it is obvious that Los Blancos want to make some money off of his departure.
Even though he has two serious choices, the shot-stopper has been gazing towards the exit door for a long. As his contract is about to expire, there is no chance of a renewal for Lunin. For his part, the athlete is ready to finish out his deal with Los Blancos before becoming a free agency in the summer of 2019.
However, a quick departure is still a possibility, and the Merengues intend to press for it. In any case, their choice to list the property for €8 million could not sit well with prospective buyers. Since his arrival, Lunin has struggled to get game time at Real Madrid. It seems impossible for Thibaut Courtois to compete for a spot on the pitch because of his entrenched position in the starting eleven.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper played just seven times for the first squad in La Liga last season but allowed seven goals, making 1.7 saves per game on average and overseeing three clean sheets during that time. Lunin played the whole 90 minutes against AC Milan and Manchester United in the ongoing preseason trip while his Belgian rival struggled with his fitness. With Courtois back in action, his notoriety will unavoidably decline.
Courtois’ physical condition has recently been somewhat iffy. The seasoned goalie is the greatest in the business, but he inevitably sustains injuries throughout the season. It seems essential that Los Blancos keep a strong fallback position on that front. And if Lunin is going to go, Real Madrid might reopen the possibility of signing David Soria from Getafe or search for another custodian with proven track record.
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