Jasper Cillessen has completed his move to FC Barcelona, after Manchester City purchased Claudio Bravo from the Catalans.
Barcelona today completed the £12.8 million signing of Jasper Cillessen from Ajax, after the Catalans finalized the sale of Claudio Bravo this Thursday for £15.4 million.
Cillessen confirmed the switch on his social media account, as the Dutch goalkeeper was excited about his move to the Camp Nou.
Luis Enrique had to act quickly to secure a goalkeeper this summer, as Pep Guardiola finalized the signing of Claudio Bravo this Thursday. Manchester City signed Bravo for £15 million as the Citizens look to give Joe Hart some extra competition this season.
However, Sky Sports report that Hart is instead going to be phased out of the squad, as he isn’t suitable for Pep Guardiola’s new possession-hungry style of play.
Claudio Bravo signed a 4-year contract with Manchester City, and is expected to make his first team debut this weekend. The Chilean goalkeeper made a statement shortly after his move to England was confirmed.
He said: “I’m very proud to be joining Manchester City. I know the club is building something very special and I hope I can be part of many successes in the coming years.”
The Catalans had integrated Bravo into their first team squad, and he even helped the Spanish giants win two league titles and was part of Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League squad, although he didn’t make an appearance for the squad.
Barcelona were left to fill in the gap which Bravo left, and saw Jasper Cillessen as the perfect man to spearhead their title charge.
Luis Enrique already has German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, but his rotation policy means that the Spanish side will need another solid goalkeeper to call upon.
Ter Stegen and Cillessen will now be battling out for the number one shirt at Barcelona, as Luis Enrique aims to win the treble once again with the Catalans.