Arsenal plan to increase competition for Bernd Leno and sign PSG stopper

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Arsenal are understood to be interested in Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopper Alphonse Areola, as they plan to provide greater competition for Bernd Leno.

Areola has spent the campaign out on loan at Real Madrid where Alphonse was only used sparingly, making eight appearances across all competitions while playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois.

Although Areola has performed well when called upon, the Galacticos are unlikely to make the move permanent.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian keeper Andriy Lunin – who has spent the campaign on loan at Oviedo – is likely to provide backup for Courtois next term.

However, Alphonse remains in demand according to Mundo Deportivo. Their report states that Arsenal are tracking the France international with a view to landing him when the transfer window opens.

The Gunners current number one Bernd has a solid campaign so far, so it is likely that Alphonse would only be brought in to increase competition for places and not as a direct successor.

Arsenal’s current second shot-stopper is Emiliano Martinez, who has now been at the Gunners for 10 years.

The Argentine played in each of his side’s UEL group games this season and he has also been given playing time in both domestic cups.

Areola is not the only player to have been mentioned with a move to the Emirates Stadium of late.

Wantaway Juventus player Adrien Rabiot is understood to have offered to the club, with Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea also in the running as well.