Manchester United have decided upon the perfect candidate to succeed David de Gea and it's none other than Ajax and the Netherlands national team goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Club management want Dutchman
De Gea is seemingly set to join Real Madrid this summer and as a result United manager Louis van Gaal has asked goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek to make a shortlist of potential targets who could replace him.
Hoek subsequently named his preferred choices, and word on the grapevine is that the list included Cillessen holding the top spot.
Hoek worked with Van Gaal at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team before joining the Red Devils last summer. His is an opinion Van Gaal values greatly, and so he is ready to go through with the deal and lure the Dutch keeper to Old Trafford.
It could mean a reunion of sorts, as Cillessen was Van Gaal’s designated first-choice keeper for Holland in Brazil during the World Cup last year ahead of Newcastle’s Tim Krul.
The 26-year old is aware to United’s interest and admitted that it is a great honour to be linked with a club of United’s stature.
Could cost a pretty penny
Cillessen might be sold for a fee in excess of £8 million after a brilliant campaign for Ajax, as well aiding Holland to a third place finish in the World Cup. He made 42 appearances Ajax in all competitions last season, and looked impressive.
Cillessen might be the perfect addition to the Red Devils’ squad and could be a better option ahead of the other supposed choices such as Asmir Begovic, Petr Cech and Hugo Lloris.
United fans, do you think the Dutch stopper would be capable of replacing De Gea if he moved to Real Madrid? Let us know in the comments box below.
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