Real Madrid are reportedly on the verge of securing the signing of 30-year-old goalkeeper David Soria from Getafe, according to Marca.
The shot-stopper is poised for an emotional return to the Santiago Bernabeu, having come through the club’s youth ranks early in his career before departing in 2013.
After failing to break into Real Madrid’s senior team, Soria embarked on a journeyman’s career, plying his trade with Sevilla and Getafe.
The Spaniard has been an ever-present figure between the sticks for Getafe over the past five seasons, making 185 appearances and keeping 68 clean sheets.
His consistent and assured performances have caught the eye of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, who views Soria as the perfect understudy to first-choice keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois was in imperious form last season, conceding just 17 goals in 49 games across all competitions. However, backup goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is rumored to be angling for a move away from the Bernabeu in search of regular playing time.
Soria seems ready to fill the void, having already agreed to personal terms with the 14-time European champions. The transfer is expected to go through smoothly, with some Real Madrid youngsters potentially moving to Getafe as part of the deal.
Real Madrid Close to Signing Getafe Goalkeeper David Soria
Soria’s signing would be Real Madrid’s second of the summer after they confirmed the return of fullback Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano on Friday.
Los Blancos are also closing in on English wonderkid Jude Bellingham and planning a squad overhaul after the departures of storied striker Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz.
However, academy product Brahim Diaz looks set to remain at the club following a fruitful loan spell with AC Milan.
The acquisition of Soria would provide valuable depth in a position that Real Madrid cannot afford to be light in.
Although principally playing second fiddle to Courtois, Soria’s experience and shot-stopping ability could prove crucial in navigating a grueling season that includes competing on multiple fronts.
His homecoming to Real Madrid seems a fitting next chapter in the story of a loyal servant to Spanish football.