There’s a report in Sports Witness today linking Newcastle once again with 25-year-old PSG backup goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
France Football has linked us a few times with the French goalkeeper this year but why would Rafa Benitez want to bring in another goalkeeper, when we have just signed bargain-buy Martin Dubravka for £4M from Sparta Prague.
That doesn’t make much sense unless Rafa wants to sell either Karl Darlow or Rob Elliot this summer.
Thomas Tuchel is the new head coach at PSG, and he has said he will use the French U21 goalkeeper in Paris next season.
25-year-old PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola – linked with Magpies
Alphonse Areola is currently one of three goalkeepers with the French squad at the World Cup in Russia.
Sports Witness say that France Football are reporting Rafa Benitez has already held multiple meetings with the 25-year-old 6ft 5ins tall goalkeeper.
Areola has played 71 times for PSG since he joined his hometown club back in 2012.
He has also been on loan to Lens, Bastia, and Villarreal and played another 112 times for those clubs combined so he is an experienced player.
Newcastle are supposed to be willing to pay €15M to €20M to buy out the remainder of his contract in Paris.
But that seems to be a little far-fetched and Newcastle surely have better things to do with their transfer funds this summer.
One thing we can do is to bring in two new strikers – as an example.