Manchester United are reportedly lining up Jasper Cillessen as a replacement for David de Gea if the Spaniard joins Real Madrid this summer.
Louis van Gaal handed the Dutch goalkeeper his international debut in 2013 and the United manager made him first-choice Netherlands stopper at last year’s World Cup.
Red Devils goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek, who has recommended his compatriot at the top of a shortlist of potential replacements for De Gea, has reinforced LVG’s evident trust in the 26-year-old.
This news, as reported by The Telegraph, arrives as speculation continues to grow around the future of Manchester United’s current number one, with it believed that the Spaniard could be
heading to Madrid imminently.
Manchester United’s player of the season will leave a big void in the starting line-up if he does depart the Theatre of Dreams this summer.
Real are expected to begin their bidding for the Spanish international with an offer in the region of £20m, and United could expect to secure the services of Cillessen for a lot less.
Victor Valdes finally made his Manchester United debut last month, having joined the club on a free transfer in January, and he is likely to compete for the number one jersey with any summer arrivals.
The former Barcelona keeper came on as a sub for the injured De Gea against Arsenal, before playing the whole game – and keeping a clean sheet – against Hull on the final day of the season.
The veteran exhibited some sharp shot stopping skills at the KC Stadium and could follow in the footsteps of Edwin van der Sar by embarking on a United career when well into his thirties.
As for Cillessen, the Ajax keeper could join compatriots Daley Blind and Memphis Depay on the Old Trafford playing staff, and his history with Van Gaal could make Manchester a likely destination
for him before the start of next season.
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