Man Utd warned Jasper Cillessen price is rising
Manchester United are set to launch a fresh bid to sign Ajax and Holland goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, but they have been warned his price tag is rocketing by the day.
United manager Louis van Gaal wants Cillessen to replace David De Gea, who looks increasingly likely to complete his elongated move to Real Madrid after he was left out of Saturday's 1-0 Premier League win against Tottenham.
Van Gaal dropped De Gear after admitting the keeper was not in the right frame of mind to play, with Real Madrid refusing pay United’s £33m asking price for 24-year-old keeper who has just one year left on his contract.
“We want to keep De Gea, but we are not the most important part of this story,” stated Van Gaal.
“The player is the most important part and the buying club. They do not pay the price we want. We will not let him go easily.”
Cillessen is Van Gaal's first choice to replace De Gea and while Ajax have indicated they will sell their No.1, they were more willing to do a deal earlier this summer, when they would have had more time to find a replacement.
Now Ajax boss Frank De Boer has confirmed that his keeper may leave for United, but he has admitted they are more reluctant to do a deal so close to the end of the transfer window.
"Man United will have to pay huge price for Cillessen," De Boer is quoted in the Sunday Mirror.
"Let it be clear that we are going to take a really strong attitude and we will fight against him leaving at this stage.
"Why? Because we have seen all our three alternatives go out of sight and it gets harder and harder to find a decent replacement.
"To make it clear, Jasper is getting more expensive by the week, although there are certain figures that we can't turn down."
Ajax’s elimination from the Champions League last Wednesday has paved the way for Cillessen to play for United in the group stages of the competition if he seals a move to Old Trafford in the next three weeks.