Report: Liverpool were keen on PSG stopper Alphonse Areola this summer

Villarreal's Alphonse Areola saves from Liverpool's Adam Lallana as Mateo Musacchio looks on

The talented Frenchman was courted by Liverpool among others.

Villarreal's Alphonse Areola gathers the ball as Mateo Musacchio, Mario, Victor Ruiz and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino look onAlphonse Areola gathers the ball as Mateo Musacchio, Mario, Victor Ruiz and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino look on

Reports in France have suggested that Liverpool were keen on signing Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola this summer.

The report from Canal claims that Liverpool, along with Porto, made moves to sign the player this summer.

Villarreal's goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and Villarreal's Eric Bailly in action with Atletico Madrid's Fernando TorreVillarreal's goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and Villarreal's Eric Bailly in action with Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torre

The 23-year-old earned rave reviews for his performances at Villarreal during a loan spell last season but is set to return to the bench behind Kevin Trapp now he is back in the French capital.

But the same report claims that Areola has decided to stay at PSG and fight for his place in the first-team after discussions with new boss Unai Emery.

Liverpool were looking to improve their goalkeeping positions throughout the summer and ended up bringing in two new faces to challenge Simon Mignolet.

Loris Karius arrived from Mainz in the Bundesliga whilst veteran Austrian Alex Manninger also made a switch from Germany, joining from Augsburg.

Liverpool's Loris KariusLiverpool's Loris Karius

Areola, who has now emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona with Claudio Bravo set to join Manchester City, featured 37 times for the Yellow Submarine last season – including against Liverpool in the Europa League semi-finals.

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