Thursday 29 September 2016

Manchester United expected to sign Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen to replace David de Gea

Published 14/06/2015 | 16:48

Incoming? Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen is Man Utd's No 1 target to replace David de Gea Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Incoming? Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen is Man Utd's No 1 target to replace David de Gea Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Manchester United are moving closer to finding their replacement for David de Gea with Ajax's Jasper Cillessen their No 1 target.

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With De Gea's transfer to Real Madrid expected to go through this month, United are desperate to bring in another goalkeeper and could tie up a deal for Dutchman Cillessen this week.

United asked keeper coach Frans Hoek to draw up a shortlist of candidates to replace De Gea when the Spain international made it clear he saw his future away from Old Trafford.

Hoek is a close associate of United manager Louis van Gaal's having worked together at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and with recently with the Dutch national side.

Dutch international Cillessen was Hoek's top choice with the coach championing the 26-year-old's abilities over recent years.

Van Gaal handed Cillessen his first senior cap in 2013 and then made him his No 1 at the World Cup in Brazil last summer ahead of Newcastle's Tim Krul.

Real Madrid are desperate to fast-track De Gea's move before Rafael Benítez’s squad fly to Australia for a pre-season training camp next month.

Senior figures at Old Trafford are yet to be contacted by their Real counterparts over De Gea, but the Spanish club are expected to make a confirmed bid for the 24-year-old next week following his participation in Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus in Borisov later today.

Real are expected to make an opening offer in the region of £20m for De Gea, who arrived at United in an £18.3m deal from Atlético in the summer of 2011.

Should Real and United reach an agreement, De Gea could make his debut for the Spaniards against Roma in Melbourne on July 18.

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