Liverpool have turned their attention to Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen as their pursuit for a new goalkeeper steps up, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo claims that Jurgen Klopp’s side are searching for a new number one ahead of next season, with both Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Roma’s Alisson considered.
It is understood that Barcelona shot-stopper Cillessen is now on their radar and that the La Liga champions have no plans to sell him.
However, the report details that he has a £52.5million release clause included in his contract and he is currently the second-choice option behind Marc-Andre ter Steven.
Football Insider verdict:
Cillessen would cost less for Liverpool than their other two targets and the Dutchman certainly ticks a lot of boxes. The goalkeeper has kept a brilliant eight clean sheets in 11 appearances for Barcelona this campaign, but his game-time has been at a premium. He would be an improvement on both Karius and Mignolet at Anfield next year, which could help set the Merseyside club for a potential Premier League title bid. Cillessen previously showed his class at Ajax as their number one option and is clearly a highly-rated Barcelona to be on their books. It would be a slight risk at a near-£50million fee to fork out for his signature, but there is no doubt the Reds have to fix their main problem in goal before next season starts. Liverpool came agonisingly close to a Champions League triumph before two Karius howlers cost them and it shows the difference of what having a top-class goalkeeper can have.
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