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Chelsea and Arsenal ‘to battle Liverpool’ for Barcelona keeper this summer

Holland international arrived as a replacement for Claudio Bravo, but has never really enjoyed regular playing time

CHELSEA and Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the hunt for Barcelona’s No 2 goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, according to reports in Catalonia.

The Dutch international moved to the Nou Camp as a replacement for Manchester City-bound Claudio Bravo in 2016.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea keen on Barcelona's Jasper Cillessen

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea keen on Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen

Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has been mainly a back-up

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Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has been mainly a back-up

But he has failed to nail down a starting spot and has been mainly used in Copa del Rey matches, where he has impressed.


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Liverpool are believed to be monitoring his situation, while Sport insist Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds’ need for a new goalkeeper is well-known, given Loris Karius’ high-profile blunders in the Champions League final.

Liverpool are interested in signing Alisson from Roma, but may well face competition from Real Madrid, while the Giallorossi will work hard to keep hold of him.

Jasper Cillessen will only leave Barcelona if the right club comes along

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Jasper Cillessen will only leave Barcelona if the right club comes along

Should Los Blancos fail in their bid to land the Brazil No 1, they could turn their attentions to Thibaut Courtois, leaving Chelsea in need of a new goalkeeper.


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Meanwhile, Unai Emery is believed to have asked Arsenal to sign a replacement for Petr Cech.

Cillessen is not desperate to leave Barcelona, but would be open to a move should a top club come along.

The Dutchman was Holland’s No 1 at the 2014 World Cup and Louis van Gaal famously replaced him with Tim Krul before the quarter-final penalty shoot-out.


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