Jasper Cillessen: Why Newcastle should sign the Dutch goalkeeper

Newcastle United are lining up a shock move for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, according to reports in The Daily Star.

Reports on TalkSport, also suggest the Dutch international could be available for as little as £9 million representing fantastic value in a climate of hyper-inflated transfer fees.

Cillessen has featured just once for Barcelona this year, in a cup match, and is purportedly desperate for a move away.


The Verdict

Newcastle, under the savvy management of Rafa Benitez, have conceded just 10 goals in 11 games this season.

This suggests their defence is disciplined and sufficient, yet a complacent attitude might yet produce a weakness; clubs must always look forward and look to improve, regardless of how good a component of their side is.

Cillessen would represent a major upgrade on United’s current goalkeeping options and would suggest genuine ambition on Tyneside.

With new owners apparently imminent, a move for Cillessen would demonstrate a yearning to compete at a higher level. At £9 million, too, this would shrewd business. United should certainly seek to bring Cillessen to St James’ Park if he is indeed available.


Written by Michael Jones

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