According to a report from France Football, Crystal Palace have joined Newcastle United and Napoli in expressing an interest in PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
The story is likely to come as something of a shock to much of the Eagles faithful, given the supposedly imminent arrival of Spanish stopper Vicente Guiata on a free transfer from Getafe but with sections of the press claiming that Atletico Madrid may look to steal him away from us at the final moment, there is a chance that Areola is being looked upon as a potential fallback option by the Palace hierarchy.
Given the fact that Areola has been ahead of his counterpart Kevin Trapp in the battle for the number one spot at PSG this season, reports linking him with moves away seem a little odd to say the least but with Thomas Tuchel having been announced as the club’s new manager yesterday, there is a chance that he’ll favour the German Trapp or look to dive into the market for a completely new face to take up residence between the sticks at the Parc des Princes.
Whilst you would assume that Napoli is the most obvious destination for Areola, should he decide to leave the French capital, the report referenced above mentions that the man himself has bought a house in London, with his wife known to love the city. Yes, it’s a tenuous link but in a battle against a side who came agonisingly close to winning the Serie A title this season, I’ll take all the mini-victories on offer.
Who knows? With Julian Speroni’s future far from certain and short-term solution Diego Cavalieri having also seen his contract with the club run out, we may be looking to bring in both Guaita and Areola this summer. It’s not that likely I’ll grant you but it would certainly cure me of the goalkeeper-related jitters I’ve been prone to over the last couple of years.
We’ll keep you updated.