Valencia have confirmed their capture of Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on a four-year deal.
Cillessen has been on the lookout for a new club this summer after struggling for regular game time at Barcelona in the last three years. In fact, he made just five La Liga appearances in total.
Manchester United were reportedly contemplating a move for the 30-year-old as a potential replacement for David de Gea, who will be out of contract next year.
But Cillessen has instead opted to sign for Valencia for €35m, which makes him history’s joint-fifth most expensive keeper.
Although the deal falls way below his €60m buyout clause at Barcelona. Therefore, Valencia keeper Neto is likely to go the other way later on in the summer.
“It’s incredible. It’s very special for me and I can’t wait to get started. I’m very happy,” Cillessen told the club’s website.
“I said straight away that I wanted to go to Valencia CF. It wasn’t difficult for me. I spoke with Hedwiges Maduro and Ronald Koeman, but not to see whether it was a good option or not, but rather to find out more about the club.”
He added: “Valencia CF are a special club, a great club with a great history. It was easy for me to make the decision to come here, I’m looking forward to getting started and to winning things here. Today is a very special day for me.”
Valencia have slapped a release clause of €80m on Cillessen as part of their deal.
Los Che have now signed four new players in the summer transfer window in Cillessen, Cadiz winger Manu Vallejo (€5.50m), Tenerife centre-back Jorge Saenz (€2m) and full-back Salva Ruiz from RCD Mallorca on a free transfer.
The Copa del Rey winners will return to action in a pre-season friendly away to Sporting Lisbon on July 28.
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