Date: 25th July 2019 at 4:31pm
Written by: Tony O'Connell

Newcastle fan favourite Martin Dubravka has emerged as a surprise target for Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Daily Mail.

The domestically dominant Ligue 1 side are on the hunt for new goalkeepers having allowed Italian icon Gianluigi Buffon to leave the French capital after one season, and could lose German ace Kevin Trapp in the same window.

Trapp is understood to have entered negotiations with Eintracht Frankfurt regarding a permanent switch back to the Bundesliga outfit, having regained form at his former stomping ground during a one-season loan deal for 2018/19.

The 29-year-old international shot-stopper had been on Di Adler’s books for three years before securing a move to Les Parisiens in 2015, and Eintracht are now hopeful in securing his permanent return to the Commerzbank-Arena if PSG can agree a deal for Dubravka.

Dubravka would be moving to the French capital to act as the deputy for Alphonse Areola if he were to accept PSG’s advances, having so far seen his hopes of earning a new contract on Tyneside put on the back burner.

Newcastle’s change of leadership over the summer following Rafa Benitez’s departure meant the 16-cap Slovakian has not been offered improved terms on his £38,000-a-week contract that runs until the summer of 2022, clouding over his future at the club.

Reports in Germany sharing Frankfurt’s hope in Dubravka moving to Les Parc des Princes to free Trapp from his duties at the Parisian outfit suggest Newcastle will demand just over €10million (£8.9m) for the Tyneside fan favourite.

Aston Villa, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have also been credited with interest in the 30-year-old.

If United were to cash in on Dubravka following his eleven clean sheet campaign in 2018/19, the Magpies would be leaving Steve Bruce with 2020-free agents Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman as his goalkeeper options.

The Toon have been linked with Serie A goalkeepers Thomas Strakosha and Mattia Perin already this summer, but Juventus’ fringe shot-stopper Perin is believed to be nearing a move to Aston Villa after the Villains reportedly met Azzurri Sports Director Fabio Paratici earlier this week.

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