Newcastle United are in the hunt to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to a report.
France Football claims that Rafa Benitez has made contact with Areola, 25, on several occasions as he looks to snap up a new shot-stopper for next season.
It is understood that the 6ft 4in colossus, who was a mainstay for PSG as they won the Ligue 1 title this season, would be worth up to £17.6million if the Magpies wanted to sign him up this summer.
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Newcastle were linked with Areola last year and it seems that Benitez is yet to give up on chasing down the former France Under-21 goalkeeper. The Magpies did need a new shot-stopper, but that was before they snapping up Martin Dubravka, who has been in great form since arriving on loan in January. It would be a surprise for him not to sign permanently, so it’s doubtful that the club would go out and splash up to £17.6million on Areola. He may be worth way more than that price-tag in reality as he has been key to PSG’s title-winning campaign in the last year. The 25-year-old has made 43 appearances in all competitions this season and kept 21 clean sheets in the process. France Football claims that the French giants are looking at a host of new goalkeepers they could sign like Gianluigi Donnarumma or Thibaut Courtois, but given how they are close to breaking Financial Fair Play regulations, it might be a position that they don’t do anything with over the coming months.
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