Arsenal & Chelsea Try To Hijack Liverpool’s Move After Opening Talks Over £52m Star

By on June 4, 2018

The summer transfer window is now open and managers are working hard on their transfer targets so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, Jasper Cillessen is linked with Arsenal and Chelsea…

Arsenal and Chelsea are trying to hijack Liverpool’s attempts to sign Jasper Cillessen after opening talks with Barcelona over the £52m-rated goalkeeper, according to reports in Spain via the Metro.

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Cillessen made his name at Ajax where he won 3 Eredivisie titles before earning a move to Barcelona in 2016 but he’s struggled to establish himself at the Nou Camp.

The 29-year-old has been forced to play second fiddle to Marc-Ter Stegen for the past two years and made just 2 appearances in La Liga and the Champions League last season.

It’s led to speculation Cillessen could be on the move in search of regular first team football and the Express reported last week that Liverpool had opened talks with Barca to discuss a potential deal.

Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new number one as Simon Mignolet is set to leave Anfield after falling out of favour while the future of Loris Karius is in doubt following his horror show against Real Madrid.

Cillessen has emerged as a target for Liverpool as they look for alternatives for the likes of Alisson Becker and Jan Oblak but it seems the Merseysiders will now face stiff competition.

The Metro are citing a report from Sport that claims Arsenal and Chelsea have now approached Barcelona to discuss Cillessen’s availability this summer and were told they’d have to meet his £52m release clause.

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Arsenal are on the look out for a long-term replacement for Petr Cech – who turned 36 last month – and new head coach Unai Emery is seemingly eyeing a summer swoop for Cillessen.

However, Chelsea are also keen on the Dutch international as they line-up potential replacements for Thibaut Courtois amid speculation he’s heading back to Spain having failed to sign a new contract.

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We’ll have to wait and see how things develop but it looks like three of England’s biggest clubs are ready to battle it out over the signing of Cillessen this summer – although it remains to be seen whether any club will meet Barca’s £52m asking price.

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