Arsenal are one of four clubs looking at a move for Jasper Cillessen in the winter transfer window, as the Barcelona goalkeeper looks for a club that can give him more game time.
Spanish outlet Don Balon write that Cillessen’s situation at Barcelona has become ‘unsustainable’, and he’s already asked the club to let him leave for less than his €60m release clause. The goalkeeper has reportedly already made it clear that in January he’ll look for a club that can give him more regular matches.
Along with Arsenal, Napoli, Lyon and Ajax have reportedly ‘positioned themselves’ to welcome the goalkeeper in January.
Don Balon aren’t exactly the most reliable outlet for transfer news, though there does seem to be something in the rumours that Cillessen could be looking for an exit.
Dutch outlet SoccerNews claims that Sven Mislintat sees Cillessen as the ideal man to take over from Petr Cech (whose contract expires at the end of the season). Meanwhile, former Ajax boss Frank de Boer, who coached the goalkeeper for a number of years, has advised Cillessen to move on.
“It would be nice if Jasper could play more often, but the problem is that he has another great goalkeeper in front of him”, De Boer said. “He has to play at least 25-30 games a year, so he has to leave for another club because I believe he is one of the top ten goalkeepers in the world.”
So far this season, the 29-year-old has only played three games, one in the Champions League and two in the Copa Del Rey. He’s only conceded two goals in those matches, but that fact isn’t earning him any more opportunities in the league. An exit in January may well be the best option.