Jasper Cillessen helped Man United boss Louis van Gaal to a 3rd place finish in the last World Cup. Is there a place for him at Old Trafford?
With the David de Gea saga continuing to place a shadow over the Man United goalkeeper situation in 2015-16 and beyond, Man United have targeted Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen as a replacement.
According to the Metro, Ajax manager Frank de Boer expects Cillessen to leave the team in the near future and are preparing for a contingency plan for life without him – a big boost for Man United’s plan to land the 26-year-old stopper. Last month Caughtoffside.com reported that Man United were readying a £20 million bid for the Eredivisie superstar following a season that was even more impressive for Cillessen than De Gea was.
“The departure of our goalkeeper is still lurking,” De Boer said. “You should always have a plan B, but we will still assume that Jasper will continue.”
Cillessen started every game for Man United manager Louis van Gaal with the Netherlands national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Netherlands finished 3rd in the tournament behind Germany and Argentina.
In 2014-15, Cillessen recorded 3.7 saves per game with a 81.7% save rate, 39 catches, 24 punches and 12 clean sheets – all of which were higher than De Gea’s marks with the Red Devils.