Failing to sell as it would like this summer (only Bakker was sold 7M € to Leverkusen), the Paris SG continues to reduce its payroll. In limited proportions. French goalkeeper world champion Alphonse Areola, barred from the starting position by Gianluigi Donnarumma and Keylor Navas, has been loaned for a season to English club West Ham, the two clubs announced on Thursday. As a reminder, the main interested party earns 700,000 euros gross per month, a colossal salary which considerably obstructs the possibilities of transfer. Hence the idea of a new loan. With few clubs capable of offering such remuneration and an Alphonse Areola, under contract until June 2023, reluctant to give a gift on this point, it was difficult to imagine another outcome in this matter.
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London, a destination that Alphonse Areola likes ... and his family
The 28-year-old goalkeeper will play at West Ham United, the Premier League team, until June 30, 2022. The loan comes with a purchase option
," said the Parisian club in a statement, without going into details of the salary paid by the English club and the amount of the option.
The former goalkeeper number 3 of the France team remains in London, after having defended last year the colors of Fulham, descended in the second division and where he was elected best player of the club.
The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world and I can't wait to play for West Ham
», Explains Areola in a video published by the English team, 6th in the Premier League last season and as such qualified for the Europa League.
Off the pitch, the Areola family also owns a house in the English capital and the prospect of staying in London was also an argument to be taken into account.
This is the sixth club where Areola is on loan, who will have to win in the Hammers' cages and dislodge veteran Polish Lukasz Fabianski (36).
Turned pro with his training club in 2013, he played 107 matches with PSG but never managed to convince.
Triple champion of France, he also won two French Cups, two League Cups and three Champions Trophies.
The question of his future in Paris, with one more year of contract next summer, will arise again in a few months.