PSG transfer news: Newcastle's Areola offer, Busquets speculation and more - 15 May 2018

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suggest the France goalkeeper may leave PSG this summer

Newcastle's interest in Areola clear

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has held talks with goalkeeper Alphonse Areola regarding a potential summer move, according to a recent report.

In the market for a new goalkeeper, the Magpies are eager to strengthen across all positions and this would represent a shrewd deal indeed.

France Football said Benitez, whose interest began last year, has contacted Areola on multiple occasions this term and given PSG's interest in new goalkeepers, are prepared to let the 25-year-old leave for a transfer fee around €15m-€20m (£13.2m-£17.6m).

Areola has attracted interest from elsewhere too. Napoli and fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace are said to be monitoring his situation while the same news report claimed he'd bought a house in London.

Speculation over Busquets' future as PSG remain interested

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Potential exit? Busquets has been at Barcelona throughout his career but could be open to a new challenge

Spanish news outlet Don Balon have suggested that Sergio Busquets is seeking an improved contract deal and if his demands are not met, he is open to the idea of leaving for pastures new this summer.

This latest development is said to have surprised Lionel Messi, who will be hoping that the board accepts the Spaniard's demands - as Busquets plays an integral part within their side from defensive midfield.

PSG have been linked with a number of quality players and this news will naturally have put them on red-alert, not least as speculation hinted they could prepare a €100m (£87m) offer to try and convince Sergio into moving to Paris just like Neymar did last August.

Meunier commits future to Parisiens

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Meunier, who has 22 caps for Belgium, is eager to remain at PSG despite transfer links elsewhere

Thomas Meunier has attempted to quell speculation surrounding his future by committing to PSG. The 26-year-old fullback has been with the Ligue 1 champions for two full seasons, after a £6m move from Club Brugge in 2016.

Following their 2-0 defeat by Stade Rennais this past weekend, he revealed his eagerness to remain in the capital.

As quoted by Goal, he said: "I've another two years on my contract and it's not so easy to leave a club like PSG. The club knows my position, I've told them and they know that I want to stay here as long as possible. It's up to them whether they still want me or not!"

He has made 33 appearances across all competitions this season, despite playing second fiddle to Dani Alves at right-back. Alves himself is expected to be sidelined for six months after sustaining a serious ACL injury during their Coupe de France final win over Les Herbiers last Tuesday.

Krychowiak's next move uncertain after West Brom relegated

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Krychowiak struggled for
game time at West Brom

Grzegorz Krychowiak's future at PSG remains uncertain, as he is set to return following a mixed spell out on-loan at West Brom this season.

The Baggies were relegated from the Premier League after finishing bottom with 31 points from their 38 fixtures. They only won six games throughout the domestic campaign, including three in their last five.

Krychowiak made 27 appearances in England's top-flight but after a promising start, found regular minutes hard to come by as changes of management and other factors hurt his progression in the West Midlands.

He featured less towards the final matches of the campaign and despite starting against Crystal Palace, was unable to stop them losing 2-0 on the final day this past weekend.

Now 28, it will be interesting to see what new boss Thomas Tuchel decides with regards to his future. He is expected to feature for Poland at next month's World Cup and if he does impress, could prompt interested suitors to grant him another opportunity - either on another loan or in a permanent deal.

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Edited by Arvind Sriram
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