Speculation has surrounded the future of Barcelona’s second choice goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen throughout the summer as rumours have floated that the Dutch international wants regular first team football.
Now, SPORT say that the shotstopper is considering forcing a move away from Camp Nou with offers from several top European clubs on the table.
They are all prepared to guarantee him a role as first choice, many of them, including Liverpool, offering the chance to remain in the Champions League and at the very highest level.
Cillessen is tempted by the offer and knows that at Barcelona he needs more game time, having made just 21 appearances in two seasons in Barcelona since joining from Ajax for 14 million euros.
The release clause in his contract stands at 60 million euros, but Barcelona do not believe that any side would agree to pay such a fee and know that they may face a summer of lengthy negotiations as a result.
The Catalans may consider a fee in the region of 30 million euros, which may make him seem a bargain in the current market, and would not put up much of a fight in reward for Cillessen’s loyalty.
It will give technical director Eric Abidal a new problem to resolve too, with a new back-up goalkeeper now looking likely to be added to Ernesto Valverde’s wish list.