Tottenham Hotspur a possible destination for French star Alphonse Areola
According to Spanish website Diario Madridista (h/t Express), French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is keen on joining a team in London. Both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are touted as possible destinations for the 27-year-old.
The PSG star joined Real Madrid last summer on loan. The temporary move was a part of the deal that saw Keylor Navas make the switch to the Parc des Princes. (h/t Real Madrid.com)
Having come through the PSG youth system, Areola has made 107 appearances for the Parisians. He has kept an impressive 53 clean sheets.
Having spent a number of seasons out on loan, he replaced Kevin Trapp as the first-choice keeper in 2017. However, the signing of Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon the following summer pushed Areola to a rotational role.
He hasn’t had much luck in the Spanish capital either. Thibaut Courtois is the undisputed number one at the Bernabeu, allowing Areola to make just eight appearances all season.
According to French publication L’Equipe (h/t Express), the player is not keen on extending his stay in Madrid. His parent club PSG too are keen to get him off their books. The player has requested super agent Mino Raiola to find him a new club. A move to the Premier League could be on the cards.
The goalkeeping department is something that Tottenham will have to take a look at this summer. Hugo Lloris will be 34 soon and has regressed in the last couple of years.
Although he is still capable of putting up a performance, he is not getting any younger and has made some high-profile mistakes this season. Reserve keeper Paulo Gazzaniga isn’t good enough to be the No.1 while Michel Vorm’s contract will be up soon.
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Areola is a player who has had the experience of playing in the Champions League. A dependable keeper, he would be a solid if unspectacular signing. He was a part of the French squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.