Premier League

Klopp in summer swoop plot as Merseyside club ponder signing £52m Dutch starlet

Champions League semi-finalists Liverpool are interested in the signature of Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen (the keeper who came off for Tim Krul at the 2014 World Cup quarter-final v Costa Rica), but face competition from the likes of Napoli, and Atletico Madrid, according to TeamTalk.

During a 5-year term at Ajax, Cillessen built his name at the Dutch club, winning three Eredivisie titles, then going on to transfer to Barcelona in the summer of 2016.

However, his time at the La Liga club hasn’t exactly panned out as he would have hoped, with chances being limited due to the performance of Marc Andre ter Stegen impressing Ernesto Valverde.

Recently, the Dutch keeper has become frustrated with the lack of opportunities, having made just nine appearances all season in cup competitions, and a bit-part role is something he’d rather not endure.

A transfer could be in the mix this summer, and a report from Mundo Deportivo, cited by TeamTalk claims Liverpool have stated an interest in signing the Cillessen in order to give him a fresh start.

Jurgen Klopp will almost certainly be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper in the summer, with Simon Mignolet likely to exit Anfield after losing his place this season to German Loris Karius.

In recent months, Karius has made an impressive promise, especially after being awarded the first team shirt, but Klopp feels a second keeper is needed to keep Karius on his toes, and it seems Cillesses could fit the bill.

Following AS Roma being unwilling to sell their in-demand keeper Alisson Becker at any price in the summer, Liverpool have turned their attention to Cillessen who could be a potential replacement for the outgoing Mignolet.

But as mentioned earlier, the Merseyside outfit face competition for his signature with a La Liga giant in the form of Atletico Madrid, and a Serie A household name Napoli both bidding for his services.

His signature doesn’t come cheap, however, with the players’ release clause set at £52m – thus forcing the interested clubs to dig deep if they are to win the race for his signature, and given that he has three years left on his current deal at Camp Nou, Barcelona may request the full value.

Featured Image Credit: Gene Hunt

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