Madrid, September 3: Real Madrid have signed Paris Saint Germain's French international goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan until the end of the current season as part of a deal that sees Madrid's Costa Rican custodian Keylor Navas move in the other direction. The Spanish sporting press reported that Real Madrid have already inscribed Areola in their first-team squad for the Spanish La Liga, Xinhua news agency reported. Neymar Transfer News: Brazilian Star to Stay at PSG As Transfer Talks With Barcelona Failed.
In principle, Areola arrives as a substitute to Thibaut Courtois, who will remain as first choice goalie for Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, and the current idea is that the 26-year-old will only spend a year at the club while Real Madrid's Ukrainian international Andriy Lunin gains experience on loan with Valladolid. Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Indulge in Sword Fighting While Wearing Period Dress (Watch Video).
Areola has made 75 league appearances for PSG and has also had three loan spells, with Lens, Bastia and Spanish side Villarreal, playing 32 games for the team from the east coast of Spain in the 2015-16 season.