Jasper Cillessen is clear to complete a move to Manchester United should David De Gea leave. Ajax have reportedly agreed to sell the goalkeeper, and Manchester United is his favoured destination
The 26-year-old Netherlands international has emerged as contender for United’s number 1 spot this summer, seemingly due to his shared country of birth and previous experience under Van Gaal (often a factor that links a player to United). The Dutchman is under contract with Ajax until 2018, which means the fee for the player may be more than United are willing to invest on a keeper who has never saved a penalty in his senior career. Another factor that may worry some about Cillessen, is his lack of Premier League experience. Manchester United may well be in for the Dutchman, and at the right price there is no reason why he can’t replace De Gea.
United would have to pay around £18 million for the goalkeeper if they are to budge Ajax’s firm grip on the player, but that price is more than affordable for the Red Devils.
The 26-year-old keeper recently revealed how hard Ajax are going to push to keep him at the club.
“The Ajax management are going to make it really difficult when the interest becomes concrete,” Cillessen told the Sunday Mirror.
“If I had planned to leave, I would not have signed a new contract until 2018. My old contract was expiring in the summer of 2016 and in that case this summer would have been the perfect moment to leave.
“[Ajax coach] Frank de Boer has been very clear when he received questions about my transfer – he wants to block it.”