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Newcastle Switch To New Goalkeeper Target – To Bid €15M


It looks like Newcastle are interested in signing 24 year-old Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola this summer.

Rafa Benitez is keen to bring in a new first choice goalkeeper this summer, as he probably offloads both Karl Darlow and Tim Krul and there’s news in France Football today that Newcastle are close to making an offer of €15M for the French U21 International.

The report is that Rafa Benitez has followed the progress of the player since the Frenchman’s time at Villarreal in season 2015-2016, when he played 37 times on loan for the Spanish club and played extremely well.

24 year-old Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola

The news is that Areola is now Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper target and Rafa is considering submitting a €15M (£13.3M) bid for the player, who has played for all the French youth sides from U16 through U21.

The 24-year-old Frenchman played 27 times for the PSG first team last season and he is said to be a very calm goalkeeper who is good in the air, commands his box  and an excellent shot-stopper.

Alphonse Areola also has first class leadership skills – always something that Rafa seems to look for in players he wants to sign for Newcastle.

Areola was born in Paris and joined his home town club back in 2006 as a  13 year-old and has been there ever since.

He’s had season long loan spells at Lens (2013-1024 – 36 appearances), Bastia (2014-2015 – 39 appearances) and Villarreal (2015-2016 – 37 appearances) so he has already played 141 first team games in total.

He seems like a very good young goalkeeper who stands 6ft 3ins tall and could do very well in the Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


227 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #201

    Ron
    I’m not sure how true it was though.

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #202

    Wouldn’t be interested in Slimani – don’t see him as any better than Mitrovic and the same type of player.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #203

    Ron

    Can we not just cut out the middle man and sign Ikea Nachos?

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #204

    Mark, that was a pure scam from supermac mate. Don’t fall for it. 🙂

    Ron, not seen too much of him other than the world cup where he looked dangerous. Very quick like I’ll give him that. Took his goal well also. If we had him and Traore up front nobody could catch them!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #205

    Can you commute Birmingham-Leicester? It’s about 40 miles, I suppose.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #206

    Ikea Nachos? Is that another anagram, Mark?

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #207

    Ron, sounds like a bedroom unit you can eat later. 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #208

    Mmmmmmmm naaaaccchhooooosss!!!!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #209

    Crunchy, Bobby!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #210

    That’s ikeas Mexican range of furniture isn’t it!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #211

    Has anyone mentioned the Areola Nippley link? That’s where he’s from apparently….. Isn’t that in Italy?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #212

    I like the face mask Mr. Tuff mate. Pinnochio would be very popular wearing that. You naughty, naughty boy. Lie again!

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  • Jib

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #213

    Liverpool consider Sheyi Ojo needs
    1) A season in the Championship to toughen him up
    2) A guarantee of regular games

    Ergo

    Boro get him for a season not NUFC

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #214

    So we haven’t signed anyone but we’re after pretty well everyone? Does that sum things up lads?

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  • Jib

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #215

    £8million for Murphy turned down by Norwich
    NUFC thinking about an increased offer

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #216

    According to Transfr Market Murphy is valued at 1.28M pounds. 8M pounds?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #217

    Ahh I see, not Norwich paying 8M for our Murphy. Us paying 8M for their Murphy. Doh!!!! That might be a decent deal for both if the fee doesn’t become astronomical…..

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #218

    I see no benefit in loaning our Murphy to that Championship club down the road. Another year and he’ll be worthless really, so best get whatever we can for him now imo. Do them no favours like they’d do to us.

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #219

    Bobby
    100% agree
    Hes worth a better club tbh

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 11, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #220

    Mags, is there a worse one? 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 11, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #221

    Does anyone ‘get’ Formula One? I’m a car person myself, but watching fast cars in a procession just doesn’t do it for me. Like the motor cycle version much more, with loads of overtaking. I only ask because apparently Silverstone might be taken off the circuit and I can’t say I’m bothered either way.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 11, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #222

    Bobbybee

    Silverstone is a self sufficient track unlike the rest of the Calender .The likes of Baku and China have millions pumped into them which is why it’s become unsustainable

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  • Jib

    Jul 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #223

    Islam Slimani
    This is a difficult one
    He’s scored 50 odd goals for Algeria against some pretty tough opposition
    Over 2 Seasons at Sporting Lisbon 40+ goals in 80 odd games including CL games.
    In Portugal he was managed by Jorge Jesus
    At Leicester where he has looked poor he is managed by Craig Shakespeare who I believe is living off Claudio Ranieri’s groundwork
    Under a decent manager (Rafa) he would likely thrive
    However the Foxes paid a reputed £29 million for him last Summer (last day of the window) I wouldn’t like NUFC risk that sort of figure.

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  • Jib

    Jul 11, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #224

    Over 2 Seasons = in xs of 2 seasons

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  • Jib

    Jul 11, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #225

    Islam Slimani
    This is a difficult one
    He’s scored 50 odd goals for Algeria against some pretty tough opposition
    Over 2 Seasons at Sporting Lisbon 40+ goals in 80 odd games including CL games.
    In Portugal he was managed by Jorge Jesus
    At Leicester where he has looked poor he is managed by Craig Shakespeare who I believe is living off Claudio Ranieri’s groundwork
    Under a decent manager (Rafa) he would likely thrive
    However the Foxes paid a reputed £29 million for him last Summer (last day of the window) I wouldn’t like NUFC risk that sort of

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 11, 2017 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #226

    And now West Scam want Joe Hart.
    How original.
    You’re welcome to him

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 11, 2017 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #227

    Bobby – The F1 brand is what they are planning for football. Elite moneyed franchises from around Europe with added super rich Chinese club and American club added in for good effect. Think ” World Club” league with Barca, Man U / City, Arsenal , Real Madrid , PSG, Monaco and others in the same style as Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull etc. Matches played in super stadia around the globe so you’ll see Real Madrid v Man Utd played in Shanghai and New York.
    Ashley can’t live with that level of money so he needs to sell. If he does we might end up as part of that elite. Otherwise we’ll have a good chance of being top of the Premiership also rans.

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