Barring a sensational swoop for Manuel Neuer, Salvatore Sirigu’s position as first choice goalkeeper seemed among the most assured in the Paris Saint-Germain squad.
However it is the arrival of another German keeper in Kevin Trapp, who has displaced the Italian stopper in goal. With little chance of forcing his way back into the side, Sirigu may be forced to look elsewhere for a first team chance.
Sirigu vs Trapp
Sirigu being kicked to the curb so easily seems strange when one considers what he has achieved during his time in France.
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The 28-year-old has won ten trophies with PSG, including three league titles and has been named Ligue 1 keeper of the season twice. He’s done little wrong to justify his exclusion.
Were it not for Gianluigi Buffon’s continued excellence for Juventus, he would surely have inherited the no.1 shirt for Italy, but has still made 15 appearances for the national side.
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Trapp on the other hand is yet to win a senior cap for Germany, but it was his performances with Eintracht Frankfurt which convinced Laurent Blanc to spend nearly £7 million on the keeper.
The 25-year-old has been solid since his introduction to the first team, but it has not been all plain sailing for the German, who dropped a number of clangers in his side’s 2-2 draw with Bordeaux.
Regardless, PSG do have the best defensive record in the league conceding only seven goals, and Trapp has been key to that. Blanc seems to have made his choice.
Where to next?
Sirigu’s reported availability has put several clubs on high alert, including Premier League sides Aston Villa and Newcastle United. The Magpies in particular will be looking for a quality replacement for Tim Krul who is out for the season with a cruciate ligament injury.
He was originally linked with a move back to his native Italy, with AC Milan and Lazio reportedly interested. However his agent Carlo Pallavicino has recently stated his client may be too expensive for many Serie A clubs.
The goalkeeper currently earns over £3 million a year, and even though he is second choice he won’t come cheap, especially as his contract runs until 2018. With the Parisians looking to build a squad capable of conquering in the Champions League they, may not allow Sirigu to leave until the summer.
However if he is to have any chance of assuring a place in Italy’s squad for Euro 2016, he needs first team football and fast. He will not get that at Paris Saint-Germain.
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