Arsenal make approach to sign £52m Barcelona star ahead of Chelsea

goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen of Holland during the International friendly match between Slovakia and The Netherlands at Stadium Antona Malatinskeho on May 31, 2018 in Trnava, Slovakia(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Arsenal and Chelsea have approached Barcelona to ask about Jasper Cillessen’s availability this summer, according to reports in Spain. The Gunners are in the market for a long-term successor to Petr Cech, who turned 36 last month.

And according to Sport, Unai Emery has asked Arsenal’s hierarchy to sign a new goalkeeper this summer. The report claims that Arsenal have made a direct approach to Barcelona to gauge whether a deal is possible. But Chelsea have also enquired about Cillessen’s availability due to the uncertainty over Thibaut Courtois’ future.

Barcelona are ready to stand firm, however, and are not prepared to sell the Netherlands international for anything lower than his €60 million (£52m) release clause. Cillessen is currently second choice to Marc-Andre ter Stegen but is understood to be willing to remain at Barcelona unless he receives an offer he can’t reject.

Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the 29-year-old but it’s Arsenal and Chelsea who have made the first moves.

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