PSG transfer news: Buffon offered a two-year deal, update on Ben Arfa's future and more - May 18, 2018

Gianluigi Buffon Press Conference
Heading to Paris? Recent reports suggest the Italian is not prepared to retire just yet
Modified 19 May 2018

Reports: Buffon offered two-year deal

According to recent reports from ESPN, PSG have offered a lucrative two-year contract deal to departing Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon - who is prepared to reverse his initial decision to retire from professional football and will mull over offers that pique his interest this summer.

Widely considered one of the world's best goalkeepers of all-time, the 40-year-old has already revealed that he will not play for another Italian side nor step down in terms of quality, so a switch to another of Europe's top five leagues is still a possibility. 

Despite PSG's current situation with 'keepers, things are expected to settle down over the coming months. 

Kevin Trapp is keen for regular minutes and appears set to move on this summer, while Alphonse Areola is reportedly content to learn from someone of Buffon's experience and European pedigree to help himself develop further with time. 

Areola, 25, has also been linked with a surprise switch to Premier League side Newcastle as Rafa Benitez is thought to rate the Frenchman very highly. It will be interesting to see how this story develops.

Clubs interested in signing Ben Arfa

Paris Saint Germain : Training Session At Parc Des Princes
Ben Arfa during an open training session at the Parc des Princes

Hatem Ben Arfa's future at PSG appears all but over, though his next destination is not yet known.

Plenty of clubs are interested in the creative midfielder's services - for good reason - while recent reports suggest both Everton and relegated West Brom are prepared to rival former club Newcastle in an attempt to sign him this summer.

Ben Arfa, now 31-years-old, may feel as though he's still got unfinished business in England's top-flight.

With that in mind, it's highly unlikely that he would accept a move to West Brom, who themselves are in transition following their relegation to the Championship this past season. 

That's even before you get into the details of his wage demands, which are likely to be higher than the Baggies can realistically afford. 

Everton and Newcastle could both benefit from his presence as a creative spark, but time will tell where he does decide to go next. 

Timothy Weah "anxious" to play more 

Amiens SC v Paris Saint Germain - Ligue 1
Weah watching on from the substitutes' bench, where he has been for most of 2018

Being a talented youngster at a side like PSG may often feel like somewhat of a poisoned chalice. 18-year-old forward Timothy Weah, son of legendary striker George Weah, is in that particular situation now. 

Having signed his first professional contract last year, he rejected the advances of teams including Chelsea and AC Milan to commit his future to the Ligue 1 champions. 

Since making two substitutes appearances during victories over Troyes and Metz in early March, Weah has watched from the substitutes' bench and not been used since. 

Naturally, as a talented teenager with plenty of potential to fulfill, you can understand him for being eager to play more regularly.  

Paris Saint Germain v Metz - Ligue 1
Weah in action during PSG's league win over Metz two months ago

ESPN quoted Weah as saying the following

"Right now, I am a substitute so I watch the matches - I'm so proud to learn. However, I am also anxious to play a bit more and show what I can do." 

Departing boss Unai Emery hinted at the possibility that Weah could feature during their final Ligue 1 fixture this weekend against Caen, saying: 

"Each training session is good for Timothy. Every single minute spent with the professionals is positive, perhaps he will get a bit of game time." 

With that in mind though, it's not hard to imagine both Weah and the club themselves agreeing for him to leave on a temporary basis ahead of the new campaign.

There will be plenty of interested suitors across Europe and it's important that he does play more regularly than at present, justifying more senior call-ups to the United States' squad - following his first back in March

Published 19 May 2018
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