Jasper Cillessen’s ambition to guard the nets week in week out could force Barcelona’s hand in investing for a No.2 as Ter Stegen remains the preferred choice for Ernesto Valverde.
SPORT have reported that Barcelona has lined up potential replacements for Jasper Cillessen as the Dutch international is on the lookout for more game time with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen cementing his place between the posts for the Catalan club.
It is widely rumoured that Rui Patricio, the Sporting Lisbon shot-stopper who had turned a few heads after cancelling his contract with Portuguese club, is on the radar of La Liga champions. The 30-year-old Euro winner is will bring in vital experience would possibly willing to deputise for the Ter Stegen. He played his entire career at Sporting, representing their youth teams before taking over first-team duties.
Other possible options for Barcelona might be in the form of Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen and possible even a fellow Dutchman in Tim Krul. But there are not that many keepers who would prefer to play a bit part role even if it is at a club of Barcelona’s stature.
Cillessen seems to have told Barcelona that he’s happy at the club but would consider interesting offers from other clubs if they are willing to make him their first choice goalkeeper. With the Blaugrana looking to refresh their squad as they look for more silverware under the former Bilbao head coach and Cillessen looking at offers from Liverpool, Napoli, Arsenal, and even Chelsea, they need to make sure that someone is lined up before they let Ajax graduate go.
The demand for goalkeepers is on an all-time high with many elite clubs on the lookout. With other teams like Getafe and Torino deciding to tie down their keepers with new deals, goalkeepers, especially No.2’s, will only be available at a premium. Barcelona should look to hold on to Cillessen or look to squeeze out every penny if a departure becomes imminent.