It became well known for weeks that Paris Saint-Germain was seeking a buyer for goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. PSG finally found a suitor for the talent on Wednesday as the club sent him to Premier League side Fulham on a season-long loan move.
Before the deal was completed, Chelsea FC was one team that showed interest in signing Areola, according to a report from Le10Sport. The report mentions that Chelsea viewed the goalkeeper as solely an option. If the club had elected to pursue Areola, the Blues would have used help from a former teammate of Areola, Thiago Silva, to help convince the goalkeeper to join on as well.
As the report alluded to, Ligue 1 side Rennes also expressed interest in signing Areola before he departed for Fulham. Rennes sought a possible one-year loan deal, but there were no reports on whether the French side would have entertained taking on a permanent transfer deal.
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