Super agent trying to broker a deal between Arsenal and PSG

A surprising report out of France is claiming that Arsenal is interested in signing PSG goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola.

The Frenchman was sent to Real Madrid on-loan this season after Keylor Navas swapped the Bernabeu for Paris.

He made a handful of appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s team, but he has now returned to Paris where he doesn’t seem to have a future.

The report from claims that because he has no future with the French champions, he has turned his attention to the Premier League.

The World Cup winner had just bought a house in London in one of the clearest indications that he is serious about moving to the English top flight.

It claims that super-agent, Mino Raiola knows that his client isn’t needed at PSG again, and he is trying to broker a move to Arsenal.

The Gunners have one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League in Bernd Leno and Emiliano Martinez has also shown that he is a capable deputy.

This seems to be one of just many rumours that will be flying around as the transfer window approaches because Arsenal looks well-covered in their goalkeeping department.

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  1. No way, goal keeper is not a priority. Any funds available should be spent on strengthening the positions deficient at Arsenal: DM (Marc Roca from relegated Espanyol) , box to box CAM (Thomas Partey), CB (Sarr, Mings, Dunk) and if any spare a RB like Norwich’s Max Aarons.

    1. Totally agree with you.
      That is the most ridiculous rumour yet. We are well covered in gk and attack

  2. No no no, if for free, yes, but onsale I say NOO…..O, we have good golkeepers, lets now get likes of #Thormas-P…..

  3. Could be that Martinez would be sold for a hefty amount that would be invested in Areola with a handsome leftover change.

    1. There is much sense in this, I have thought about our current situation with Martinez form, it will be difficult to keep him, as he is better than De gea and Kepa on current form, selling him to either of them for 40m or more isn’t a bad option

  4. I would prefer Martinez as our No 1 – he can actually catch the ball and doesn’t treat it like an airborne bar of soap like most modern keepers.

    1. Ingleby, it is certainly true that Martinez tries to catch crosses, whereas Leno punches many of them out. It is not so simple a choice however and safety from conceding is always the most determinent factor; sometimes catching is safer , sometimes punching. I still prefer Leno all round. But the gap is closing fast!

      1. You’re both right.

        On current form I think Martinez is at least equal to Leno’s overall form these last couple of years. He also seems more confident, which could be decisive in big matches. But Martinez has not had as many matches and let’s not forget that even Fabianski and even Mannone had a string of good matches, but were problematic in the long run…

        At least those that were saying we would have been relegated without Leno have been proven wrong by Martinez’s performances…

  5. why on erath would we sign a keeper when we have 2.

    Unless Martinez is sold, in that case have our reserve keeper as a back up as Martinez was.

  6. YES WE BADLY NEED TWO GREAT KEEPERS AS BOTH LENO AND MARTINEZ ARE TOTAL RUBBISH. Now please excuse me while I try to escape from this strait jacket!

  7. What concerns me is the cozy relationship between Raul Sanheili and these super agents, whereby the agents are directing Arsenal’s transfer business. The latest rumour involves Joelso Hernandez.
    This reliance on player agents was the major reason for Sven Mislantat walking away from the Emerites.

    1. Yes Grandad, exactly as you say and that is what happens when a corporate man rather than a football man is put in charge of everyday running. I am starting to see Sanllehi as merely a slightly less damaging Gazidis. Not exactly a recommendation, eh!

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