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PSG ramp up interest in goalkeepers to compete with Donnarumma

PSG ramp up interest in goalkeepers to compete with Donnarumma
Image credits: Gianluigi Donnarumma / PSG

Paris Saint-Germain are set to make a move for a new goalkeeper to offer more competition for Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is set to remain as the first-choice in goal.

The Italian was a mainstay for PSG throughout the whole of last season, playing 48 games in all competitions, with the only two games that he didn't feature in being Coupe de France fixtures which Keylor Navas played in instead.

As a result, the French champions are seeking someone to compete with Donnarumma more, after both Navas and Sergio Rico were deemed surplus to requirements.

A report from L'Equipe's Loic Tanzi on Wednesday has suggested that PSG could be looking for a new goalkeeper this summer, and club officials have shortlisted Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga, Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, and former Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea as possible targets.

Kepa had a fairly decent season in between the sticks during a horrible season for the Blues, with Chelsea's problems mainly coming due to a lack of goals scored, rather than leaking too many.

He racked up 12 clean sheets in all competitions, and while he had an alright season, a new goalkeeper could still be a prospect for Mauricio Pochettino, thus opening the door for a move away.

The situation for Hugo Lloris is much more different, with the Frenchman essentially confirming his decision to leave Tottenham, after a disappointing season both personally and on a club level.

Lloris managed just nine clean sheets in 31 games in all competitions, conceding a staggering 45 goals in the process, and the 36-year-old's waning influence on Spurs was in full show over the season.

It remains to be seen whether Lloris would be ready to join PSG, especially given his past with OGC Nice and Lyon, but at this point in his career, he might be content with being second choice, and a large payday at the French capital might be too tempting to resist.

De Gea is a more controversial choice, as the Spaniard's long career at United finally came to an end last week after 12 years.

While he finished on 25 clean sheets and won the Premier League Golden Glove with 17 shutouts, his deficiencies were clear for all to see. This was especially evident given that apart from his questionable ability with the ball to his feet and when coming out to collect crosses, his saving ability, the quality he has been known for all his career, was also becoming more inconsistent.

Now a free agent, a move to France might seem intriguing for the Spaniard, yet given he has just come off the back of playing 58 games in all competitions, and with him just 32, still relatively young for a goalkeeper, it is highly unlikely that he will be willing to play second fiddle with Donnarumma. It also isn't helped by the fact that his relationship with new PSG manager Luis Enrique was already quite fragmented when the Spanish manager was leading the Spain national team.


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