Paris Saint-Germain secured a surprise signing with the acquisition of 22-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Arnau Tenas. The young shot-stopper's contract at Barcelona came to an end, and after he declined an extension he joined PSG with a contract until 2026.
Contrary to being content with a backup position behind Gianluigi Donnarumma, Tenas has aspirations to establish himself as a starting goalkeeper in the professional realm.
However, according to L'Equipe, PSG will keep exploring other options to bolster their goal with the addition of a veteran such as Hugo Lloris, which might make it harder for the Spaniard to take over a 1B role under Gigio's 1A.
Scouts have described Tenas as "a characterful player, keen on finding a club where he can seize the opportunity to showcase his talent," wrote L'Equipe.
Despite his lack of experience compared to the Italian European champion, Donnarumma, Tenas possesses "exceptional footwork," which could prove "crucial" for PSG's style of play under the guidance of coach Luis Enrique. That is definitely something that we can tell you Donnarumme does not possess in his skill set.
Luis Enrique holds "great faith" in Tenas' abilities and envisions him as "a potential starter for the team." While the idea of bringing in Hugo Lloris for experience and mentorship was previously mentioned and the focus now shifts to how Tenas and Donnarumma will coexist in the squad, PSG have not ruled out adding an experienced goalkeeper just in case.
The existing relationship between Tenas and Luis Enrique, with Tenas having received a call-up to the Spanish national team during Luis Enrique's tenure as coach, is a factor that adds significance to the signing and could give the youngster the edge over any other potential signing for the third position in the goalie pecking order.
The goalkeeping situation at PSG is now poised for an intriguing season, with the potential for genuine competition or the establishment of a clear hierarchy as both Keylor Navas and Sergio Rico won't feature heavily and are expected to either get sold or miss ample time recovering from injury, respectively.
Tenas' arrival is expected to push Donnarumma to perform consistently and maintain his position. As the season progresses, the former Barça goalkeeper will undoubtedly be looking to earn opportunities and prove himself worthy of being PSG's first-choice in goal.
That is unless Hugo Lloris comes to town and pushes Tenas all the way down to the reserve squad.