Manchester United have been given the green light to sign Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, according to Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles, who made the claim whilst writing a feature for One World Sports.
The Eredivisie outfit value the Holland international at €25 million and the Red Devils must meet that asking price if Louis van Gaal is serious about replacing David de Gea with the 26-year-old at Old Trafford.
De Gea's anticipated move to Real Madrid is yet to gather pace, but the Premier League giants are understood to already be planning for life after the Spanish stopper and Cillessen has been identified as the best value for money option.
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However, with three years still to run on his current contract at the Amsterdam Arena the Dutch club hold all the cards when it comes to deciding the custodian's future, and so they could still make a U-turn on their decision to sell.
Therefore Manchester United should act quickly before Ajax change their minds, given Cillessen's credentials as a top level talent.
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Van Gaal certainly knows the player well from his time in charge of the Netherlands national team squad having picked him as his first-choice goalkeeper for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil last summer.
The Red Devils were actually linked with Cillessen when the veteran coach was first appointed as David Moyes' successor after the tournament, but so far a transfer has failed to transpire.
Di Maria to Barcelona?
Manchester United winger Angel di Maria is being linked with a surprise move to Barcelona after reports emerged this morning suggesting the Catalan club have made contact with the Argentina international to discuss whether he'd be open to a potential switch to Camp Nou.
The former Real Madrid man endured a disappointing debut campaign in the Premier League and could now leave Old Trafford after just 12 months after being presented with an opportunity to return to La Liga.
Spurs plan to keep Kane and Lloris
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will offer in-demand goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and highly-rated striker Harry Kane the captain and vice-captain roles at White Hart Lane next season in an attempt to keep both players away from Manchester United this summer.
The pair have been linked with prospective transfers to Old Trafford during the forthcoming window, but Spurs are ready to dig their heels in to prevent Louis van Gaal from ripping their first-team apart.
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