Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin has recently hired super-agent Jorge Mendes to handle his future, with the Spanish club reportedly looking to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea on a permanent basis.

That’s according to El Chiringuito, relayed by Bernabeu Digital, who say the Real Madrid stopper is making moves ahead of a potential exit next summer.

The website explains that Real Madrid are thoroughly studying the options they have in goal for the coming years, with who backs up Thibaut Courtois their main concern.

He’s spending this season out injured, with that unforeseen problem leading the club to sign Kepa on loan from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

That was a surprise move late on as he neared a move to Bayern Munich and, it’s claimed, left Lunin, who ‘watched in disbelief’ as the deal was done, feeling disappointed.

He’s spent the season so far behind Kepa, except for being brought in now the Spaniard is also injured, but ‘feels more outside than inside’ the club at this moment in time.

So much so that he has now hired Mendes as his agent, a ‘most striking’ decision that is being seen as a hint he is planning for a future away from the Santiago Bernabeu next summer.

It seems he believes that he needs to move elsewhere to get regular game time and that won’t be on offer in Madrid, particularly amid claims that they’ve already made the decision to sign Kepa permanently.

A report at the end of last month indicated that Real Madrid were thinking about the move and Chelsea valued the Spanish goalkeeper at €25m.

It seems Lunin believes they’ll push forward with that idea and has now decided to sort his own future, perhaps in a departure that would even give Madrid the money to pay what Chelsea are asking.

It remains to be seen but either way his decision to hire Mendes is a significant one and suggests plans are afoot ahead of next summer.