PSG stopper wanted summer Premier League transfer

Date published: Tuesday 4th September 2018 11:46 - Matthew Briggs

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A clutch of Premier League teams were reportedly looking to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola this summer.

The No.3 PSG stopper was also interest in a move to England despite having a firm offer on the table from Napoli.

L’Equipe have reported that 25-year-old Areola was keen on sealing a move to the Premier League in a bid to get some first-team football. The arrival of Gianluigi Buffon in Paris is believed to have pushed Areola into pursuing a transfer.

However, the early closing of the Premier League transfer window is thought to have hindered his chance for a move, with Newcastle and Chelsea believed to have been chasing him.

Areola has though been thrown into the PSG action in the last two games with 40-year-old Buffon rested and new boss Thomas Tuchel keen to keep the keeper in the fray.

Tuchel said last month: “Alphonse will play against Angers and Nimes. After that, we will see.

“We think it’s important for Alphonse to play. His last match was in May. He must play.

“Gigi had three exceptional, magnificent matches. I do not like leaving him out.

“I do not like making long-term decisions. It is important during this preparatory stage that Alphonse adapts to the team.

“I like complicated decisions. I must make a choice. I like that.”

Roma and Napoli, who eventually signed David Opsina, wanted to land Areola last month after making a €35million offer for the Paris-born star, whose contract will expire next summer.

Areola though was believed to be chasing a move to the Premier League and, per the source, has so far turned down all offers of a new deal at PSG.

 

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