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Liverpool step up interest in Barcelona goalkeeper

Liverpool have made an enquiry to Barcelona regarding the availability of their goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

The Dutchman joined Barcelona from Ajax in 2016 as a replacement for Claudio Bravo but has largely been cover for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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It is claimed that Liverpool have identified Barcelona’s back-up goalkeeper as an option this summer. An agent representing Liverpool has made contact with Nou Camp officials to see what the state of play is regarding the 29-year-old who has been capped 39 times by the Netherlands.

Cillesen has a €60million (£52.5m) release clause in his contract and the early suggestions are that Barcelona would not be prepared to negotiate that fee down if Liverpool step up to the table with an offer.

The majority of his appearances have been in the Copa del Rey, a competition that Barcelona have won in each of Cillessen’s two seasons.

Appearing to be growing unsettled with his situation, Cillesen commented recently: “I love this club, but I am a professional and I want to play more than 10 games every season, it’s that simple.

“The management already know [how I feel], but I also read that they don’t want me to leave and they’re happy with my work.

“I’m not the type of player to go to war with a club. I’ve been here, in Barcelona, for two years and for now, I’m going to continue.”

A number of media outlets are deeming Cillessen as a new name that the Reds are looking at but followers of KOPTALK may recall that we flagged him up back in mid-April.

Alisson Becker, Jan Oblak, Jack Butland and Gianluigi Donnarumma are other goalkeepers that continue to be linked with Liverpool.

Jasper Cillessen

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