PSG goalkeeper’s situation returns to the center of attention after the announcement of Gianluigi Buffon’s departure from Juventus and revelations of contacts between the Italian player and the Paris club.
Alphone Areola who still has not renewed his contract that will end at the end of the 2019 season is in no hurry to return to the negotiating table. The Parisian goalkeeper is waiting for the end of the World Cup and especially to know if PSG will actually buy a top goalkeeper before making a decision on his future:
“The rest of my career at PSG will settle after the World Cup, said the 25-year-old goalkeeper. If I am given the opportunity to stay at PSG, I will accept without hesitation. (…) Now, if I’m not allowed to keep the same playing time, things will necessarily be different (…) Because if I do not stay the number 1, it would mean that this season was not worth it (…) I think I have shown this year that I have the level to be the number one goalkeeper “.
The Frenchman has made it clear that the loss of his number 1 position will lead to a departure.
Gianluigi Buffon plays this Saturday with Juventus Turin his last game under the colours of the Old Lady. As the French and Italian press has explained more or less in the past few days, Paris Saint-Germain has sent him a proposal for a one-year contract + one in option and a net salary of 7 million €.
For now, the answer of the goalkeeper is not yet known and Buffon has already explained several times that he wants to think before making a decision on his future. Gazzetta dello Sport announced that the goalkeeper is attracted by the offer of the PSG. However, he has not yet said yes and should give an answer, positive or negative, in the middle of next week.
If PSG is looking for a top goalkeeper, Gigi Buffon is a great option knowing that there will be no transfer fee, being free at the end of the season. This is not negligible in the context of the Financial Fair Play. The capital club could thus focus on other key positions of the team, namely strengthening his midfield and a left-back. In this scenario, will Henrique convince Areola to extend his contract?