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Could Newcastle pull off a spectacular deal for PSG’s Alphonse Areola this summer?

Jake Jackman



Newcastle United are considering a move for Paris Saint Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola as their search for a new number one continues.

France Football, as referenced by Sky Sports and the Daily Star, report that Rafa Benitez has been following the player since his loan spell with Villarreal and he could now be ready to submit an initial €15 million (£13.3 million) bid for the Frenchman.

The 24-year-old is the Magpies’ priority goalkeeping target, but his current team would have to source a replacement before agreeing to a sale.

What would he bring to St James’ Park?

It is evident that Benitez wants to sign a goalkeeper to be his number one in the Premier League and Areola possesses the pedigree to thrive in the role.

Although he has not been able to gain the starting position at PSG, he has impressed on three separate loan spells and has the potential to be a future French international.

He has been on Chelsea’s radar this summer, according to Italian outlet Transfer Market Web, emphasising how highly he is regarded in the game. It would be a huge coup if Newcastle were to bring him to Tyneside, and with Benitez, anything is possible for the club.

Last season, he was given the chance to establish himself at PSG and he did manage to usurp Kevin Trapp as number one for a period. He showed good form around October and there was a belief that he could become the club’s number one for a sustained period of time.

However, his form slipped after the turn of the year and he fell out of the team. He is at an age where he needs regular football and a move away from PSG could be the best option for him. To highlight how good he could become, goalkeeping icon Gianluigi Buffon named him and David de Gea when discussing the best goalkeepers coming through now. If Newcastle pull this off, it would be an incredible deal for the club.

How likely is a deal?

It is difficult to get too excited about names being linked to Newcastle at the moment as they seem unable to complete deals. They have walked away from several targets already this season and Rafa Benitez is growing frustrated at the lack of progress.

Relegation was always going to have an effect on the club and their finances will be pushed to the limit this summer if they are going to appease the manager.

He wants a goalkeeper so in that respect, a deal for Areola would be one that appeals to Benitez. The Magpies’ boss is a huge fan of the Frenchman and he will consider him as a player that could be a big part of the future at St James’ Park.

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The Boot Room's Verdict
The fee being talked about would represent a good deal for Newcastle, but it isn’t known whether PSG would be willing to sell the goalkeeper. He could become one of the best in Europe and they would want to keep him at the club if possible. This would be a great transfer for the Magpies, but it is one that would take a lot of work to complete. Currently, the club have shown no sign that they can do a deal of this magnitude.

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.


Sam Allardyce’s tactical masterstroke responsible for Everton success

The Toffees boss has been heavily criticised since his arrival at the club.



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Under-fire Everton manager Sam Allardyce engineered a tactical masterstroke during his side’s 1-0 Monday night win over Newcastle United.

By switching the positions of Everton’s two wingers, Allardyce directly contributed to the winning goal and proved his worth to the Goodison Park doubters.

For much of the first half, Yannick Bolasie and Theo Walcott were frustratingly ineffective when stationed on the left and right wings respectively.

Bolasie constantly declined to whip in crosses when given time, instead opting to idle on the ball and lose possession through poorly-executed bits of skill. When the Congolese international decided to put in service to the box, it regularly failed to meet an Everton shirt.

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On the opposite wing, Walcott was largely anonymous and had little impact on proceedings, suffering from a lack of service.

However, Yet Allardyce’s swap proved instantly effective just minutes into the second half. Bolasie collected the ball on the right wing, just inside the Newcastle half, and drove purposefully down the line with his favoured right foot.

The former Crystal Palace man then lofted in a looping, inviting ball to the back post, where now left winger Theo Walcott was waiting in a perfect position.

After a kind ricochet, the ball fell kindly to the Englishman, who lashed home an emphatic strike to give Everton the lead.

(during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 23, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

It was a perfect reward for the tactical nous of the Everton manager, with his intelligent switch directly resulting in the crucial strike for the Toffees.

The success of the switch provided a much-needed boost for Allardyce, who had endured an uncomfortable week. After a much-publicised club survey asked supporters to rate the manager on a scale of 1-10, the experienced manager had faced embarrassing questions over his future.

There was no better response than an inspired tactical shift that handed Everton all three points,  proving his worth to the Goodison Park faithful.

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English Premier League

Rolando Aarons looks set for second relegation in a row

The Newcastle United winger joined Italian side Hellas Verona on loan in January.



Despite losing to Everton in the Premier League last night Newcastle United should be safe in the Premier League this season. It has been a tough campaign back in the top-flight but Rafa Benitez has worked wonders with his squad and the Toon Army now look set for another season in the Premier League.

But whilst Newcastle’s current players are safe from relegation, one of their more talented players currently out on loan looks set to suffer a drop.

Rolando Aarons’ career has been blighted by injury problems. When he burst onto the scene at Newcastle in 2014 it seemed as though the club had a future star on their hands. A performance against Crystal Palace that August had Newcastle fans extremely excited about the future for the Jamaican-born talent.

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However, problems soon beset the youngster. After suffering a hamstring problem on international duty he spent six weeks on the sidelines. Hamstring trouble has since gone on to plague the wide man as well as a foot problem and anterior cruciate ligament injury. Since that breakthrough season in 2014-15 Aarons has only managed to play 21 times for the club in the following three campaigns.

This term he has been, for the most part, fit, but not in the plans of Benitez. Therefore, in January, he took the bold move of heading to Italy on loan. The 22-year-old joined Hellas Verona on loan until the end of the season in a bid for regular first-team football.

He joined former Newcastle coach Fabio Pecchia, now the boss at Verona, in the hope of playing regularly and finding his best form.

But, for the second season in a row, it seems Aarons will suffer relegation from the top-tier. Verona are currently 19th in the table, six points away from local rivals Chievo and Crotone and potential safety.

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To stay up, Verona need results in their final four games of the season. Whilst the home games against fellow relegation fighters SPAL and Udinese might give them hope, fixtures away to Milan and Juventus have seen many pundits in Italy forecasting their doom.

Aarons has played eight times for Verona since arriving at the club but has had limited impact. No goals and no assists in his 137 minutes of Italian football so far.

It seems that Aarons still has a long way to go until he can recapture his best form. The move to Verona has not been a success, but it was at least a brave switch from the young winger.

This summer he will be working hard to maintain his fitness and attempt to become a regular at Newcastle next season.

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England National Team

“No surprise”: Twitter reacts to rumours of Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey’s England return



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When news broke that Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could be in line for an England recall, fans around the country reacted in a variety of ways, both of joy and dread, that the former Liverpool man could be on the plane to Russia.

The Times say that his form, combined with fitness concerns over Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana, have put him in the frame, and England boss Gareth Southgate is set watch as his Magpies team face Everton on Monday.

The 26-year-old has been key to Rafa Benitez’s side this season as they have re-established themselves back in the top flight of English football.

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Shelvey has already got six England caps to his name, the most recent coming in November 2015 against France, and he could now earn a return two and a half years later.

His sparkling form has caught the eye as all three goals he has been involved with this season (one goal and two assists) have come in his last four appearances.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news…

Many believed it was about time…

Plenty made comparisons to the alternatives, with two in particular coming up a few times…

He’s made some eat their words…

Yet not all agreed…

After three years in the international wilderness, Jonjo Shelvey will need to maintain his current form if he is to enter into the fight to earn himself a ticket on the plane to Russia as a surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in World Cup Group G.

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