|FC Barcelona have chosen to sign Jasper Cillessen as goalkeeper to replace Bravo
The stories are never-ending in the summer transfer window for FC Barcelona. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is on the verge of joining Manchester City and Barça are in the market to sign his replacement. Previous names linked are Pepe Reina and Diego Alves but it now seems like Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will be the one to join Barça this summer, according to Barcelona based source Mundo Deportivo.
It looks clear that Barça have decided to make young goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen the main starter for the season and Claudio Bravo is not happy with the situation which would mean he’ll sit on the bench most of the time, this has forced the Chilean goalkeeper to seek his way out of the club and a fee of around 20-25 million Euros has reportedly agreed on by Barça and Manchester City fro the player’s transfer.
This has led Barça to shop in the market for a replacement and reports over the past few days suggested that Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves is the main candidate with a pre-agreement reached. However, Mundo Deportivo said in an exclusive article that the club won’t sign Diego Alves who also has an offer from Sevilla as they have chosen Ajax 27-year old shot-stopper Jasper Cillessen.
According to the report Barça have been following the goalkeeper for some time now and analysed their options before picking him to serve as a backup for Ter Stegen for the new season. Barça can get the services of the Holland number one for a fee of around 10-12 million Euros. Negotiations between the club and Ajax are well advanced and will be sped up and announced if Claudio Bravo leaves for Man City. The club hopes to see developments in negotiations by Monday.
Jasper Cillessen is Holland number one goalkeeper who plays for Ajax in the Dutch EredIvisie. He is 27-year old and has 30 caps for The Netherlands national side. He fits the club’s profile perfectly as he is good with his feet and can facilitate attack.