Jasper Cillessen denies Manchester United transfer talks

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Jasper Cillessen has played down a potential move to Manchester United, admitting he has not spoken to Louis van Gaal since he departed the national team last summer.

Cillessen currently plays for Ajax in the Eredivisie but has come to the attention of the English media after being highlighted by Van Gaal as a potential replacement for David de Gea.

De Gea is expected to depart for Real Madrid between now and the end of the transfer window. If he does, Cillessen is expected to complete a £25m move to Old Trafford.


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But while De Gea sat out Manchester United's opening Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur, there is still some doubt as to whether he will actually make the move to the Spanish capital in the current transfer window.

Plenty of reports would have you believe that Ed Woodward is prepared to forgo a transfer fee and force the Spain international to stay for the remaining 12 months of his contract.

Van Gaal is believed to have a gentleman's agreement with both Ajax and Cillessen that will allow them to complete a deal swiftly if De Gea does leave.

No talks

However, according to the man himself, there have been no talks between the player's representatives and Old Trafford officials.

"I've read that this weekend I have spoken with Van Gaal," Cillessen told Het Parool.

"But the last time I did was during the Sports Gala late last year. My management has heard nothing."

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The worry for Manchester United is that the closest to the transfer deadline we get, the harder it will be to replace De Gea.

It could leave the Red Devils with just Sergio Romero and rookie Sam Johnstone until January. That is, of course, assuming the ill-adapted Victor Valdes is still on his way out of Carrington.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer confirmed that the price for Cillessen will go up the closest it gets to September 1.

"To make it clear, Jasper is getting more expensive by the week, although there are certain figures that we can't turn down,” said the 45-year-old.

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