Petr Cech is currently enjoying a torrid run of form and many believe this could spell the beginning of the end for the veteran ‘keeper. Various outlets have reported that Arsenal are in search of a replacement, with Catalan-based Mundo Deportivo (via Daily Cannon )identifying Dutch stopper Jasper Cillessen who has a €60m release clause in his contract.
Since moving to Barcelona in the summer of 2016, the 38-cap international has made just one league appearance for the club. Understandably, Cillessen has been monitored by several Premier League clubs and Bayern Munich, as he looks to resurrect his career.
Although Munich are early favourites for his signature, new head of recruitment Sven Mislinat will have been tracking the Dutchman for some time and has shown a decisiveness often lacking in previous Arsenal negotiations. With the club on the lookout for a new number one and potential links to Cillessen gathering pace, here are 5 things you need to know about the goalkeeper:
- According to numerous reports, Cillessen’s contract contains a €60m (approximately £53m) release clause, although a deal would be expected for considerably less.
- As you would expect from a Barcelona ‘keeper, the Dutchman is comfortable with the ball at his feet, having also played under fellow blaugranes Frank De Boer and Louis Van Gaal, who encouraged play from the back.
- Although he has played second fiddle to Marc-Andre Ter Stegen at Barcelona, he remains as the national team number one.
- Cillessen has saved three penalties since Cech’s last in October 2014 – 50% of those faced in that time.
- The goalkeeper was infamously involved in one of the more bizarre moments of the last World Cup inRio, where – during his country’s quarter-final with Costa Rica – he would surprisingly be replaced by reserve keeper Tim Krulon 121 minutes,with the game heading to penalties. The Netherlands would ultimately advance.