According to France Football, Newcastle United are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in this summer’s transfer window.
The Magpies reportedly have the option to acquire the services of Martin Dubravka on a permanent deal from Sparta Prague this summer.
Dubravka impressed in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign, but it is understood that Areola is emerging as Newcastle’s leading transfer target, with head coach Rafael Benitez already holding discussions with the Frenchman.
The Newcastle fans have been reacting to the transfer report, and it would be fair to say that many want Dubravka to sign instead of Areola.
Dubravka, who is extremely popular with the Newcastle supporters, would surely cost significantly less than Areola this summer.
That said, the PSG goalkeeper is a title winner with Champions League experience, and they do not exactly grow on trees. It is a bit of a dilemma, but the Newcastle fans seem pretty clear on the situation.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
— Toon Transfer News (@toontransfer) May 14, 2018
Fake News!! We can buy Dubravka for 3.6m, I don’t know a better GK than him since Jan in EPL. He saved countless one on ones. This move wouldn’t make any sense.
— Alan Daniel Cook (@cook9) May 14, 2018
Fake news dubravka will be no 1
— loyalistmagpie (@AlfRed36915883) May 14, 2018
What happened to Dubravka?
— Cheesy Fred (@Steve84745635) May 14, 2018
Sign Duravka, guys proven an wants to stay what more do you need.
— Daniel Woods (@zigzagwoods) May 14, 2018
Would love but doubt that’s true!
— Sam Busby (@BradyBusby12) May 14, 2018
Decent number 2…..
— The Insider (@theinsidernufc) May 14, 2018
Dubravka is our best deal for now i think, cheap enough dan proven goalkeeper
— MRSSofficial (@ichalicharu) May 14, 2018
Just sign Dubravka and move on from GK tbh
— Jon☆Michael (@DTWDMayoKing) May 14, 2018