Newcastle consider Areola swoop

According to France Football, Newcastle United are considering a move for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

It would be fair to say that Newcastle had a goalkeeping issue in the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, but that was solved in the January transfer window when they signed Martin Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague.

The Magpies reportedly have the chance to sign Dubravka on a permanent deal this summer, and that is something that the club’s supporters want to happen.

However, according to France Football, Rafael Benitez’s side have been made aware that Areola could be available from PSG this summer, and the Premier League club are closely monitoring proceedings as they eye a surprise move.

The report claims that Crystal Palace are also watching developments, with PSG said to be considering the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Would Areola be a good signing?

In short, yes. The 25-year-old, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has developed into a fine goalkeeper.

This term, Areola managed 21 clean sheets in 43 appearances in all competitions, and with PSG said to be keen to sell, it is unlikely that Newcastle would have to break the bank for his signature.

The news comes as a bitter blow to Dubravka, who has previously spoken of his desire to move to St James’ Park on a permanent basis.

Areola is a title-winning goalkeeper with Champions League experience, however, and it would be a fine signing for Newcastle if they managed to pull it off this summer.

That said, Italian giants Napoli are also said to be in the hunt as they prepare to replace Pepe Reina, and it will not be plain sailing for Newcastle in their pursuit of the Frenchman.