Jasper Cillessen: a wanted man in LondonJune 4, 2018
According to reports in Spain, both Arsenal and Chelsea have approached Barcelona to check goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen’s availability this summer.
Sport state that both Premiership sides are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper and Cillessen is a player that has attracted the London clubs.
The 29 year-old has mostly played in Copa del Rey games since his arrival in 2016. The Catalan side have won the trophy in two successive seasons however and Cillessen has had some outstanding performances in the tournament, including finding Philippe Coutinho with a 70 metre pass in this season’s final against Sevilla, which in turn led to Luis Suarez’s first goal of the evening. It is believed that he has a buy-out clause of €60 million included in his contract, a vast increase on the €13 million Barcelona paid Ajax for his services.
The Barcelona newspaper believes that Arsenal’s new manager, Unai Emery, has asked the hierarchy to sign a goalkeeper over the summer break. With current number one Petr Cech turning 36, the Gunners are believed to be searching for a long term successor to the Czech stopper.
British reports last month suggested that Thibault Courtois is expected to end his seven year stay at Stamford Bridge, with the Belgian looking to relocate his family to Madrid.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea aren’t the only clubs in England interested in Cillessen however, with Marca reporting that Liverpool are also keeping an eye on the Dutchman’s availability.
The Reds have already signed midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita this summer and following Loris Karius’ errors in the Champions League final loss over Real Madrid, the paper state that Jurgen Klopp is looking for a new number one at Anfield.