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Rafa Benitez ready to pay £18m for player after series of talks – Very dubious

3 years ago
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The case of Alphonse Areola is a really strange one when it comes to Newcastle United.

There have been claims for months that a move could be on for the goalkeeper to Tyneside but none of it makes much/any sense.

The 25 year old French international became number one at PSG last season but is now widely expected to move on.

Why that club should be Newcastle is a mystery.

After winning the French league and competing in the Champions League last season, you would imagine if Alphonse Areola did move on it would be to another club competing for trophies and competing in the Champions League.

As for Newcastle, they appear to have struck gold with the loan deal turning permanent for Martin Dubravka, who has excelled so far at St James Park.

Unless Rafa Benitez has found out where Mike Ashley’s secret magic money tree is at NUFC, why would there be any interest in paying top dollar on wages and transfer fee for another goalkeeper?

Despite this, the claims of Areola moving to Newcastle have continued, especially in the French media.

The player was on the bench as France beat Australia at the weekend, whilst claims today that Gianluigi Buffon has actually completed his move to PSG, to potentially be their new number one.

To this backdrop, France Football claim that not only are Newcastle still supposedly interested in Alphonse Areola, but that Rafa has also met the goalkeeper a number of times to talk about a transfer.

The story gets even more bizarre as they say that Newcastle are prepared to pay up to £18m for the goalkeeper, despite having Dubravka recently signed up.

Newcastle fans dream of breaking the 13 year old club transfer record of £16m for a new goalscorer, never mind the idea of paying that for a goalkeeper who would struggle to get a game!

Last summer the net spend allowed by Mike Ashley was less than £18m so just how believable is it that this amount would be allowed to be spent on yet another keeper, one of the few areas not in need of urgent strengthening?

Maybe the bottom line is that these particular transfer stories are written for the (French) home market and it doesn’t really matter to them that it leaves Newcastle fans even more bewildered than they usually are, when it comes to transfer rumours.

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