New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is eyeing significant changes to the side he inherited at the Emirates Stadium and a new goalkeeper is reportedly on the Spaniard’s agenda.
The Gunners have seen experienced stoppers Petr Cech and David Ospina both struggle for consistency in recent seasons, which has reportedly led to Emery and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat searching the market for a new first-choice stopper.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Arsenal and their London rivals Chelsea are interested in signing Holland international Jasper Cillessen – who is willing to complete a transfer if first-team assurances are offered.
29-year-old Cillessen has had to play back-up to Marc-Andre Ter Stegen during his time at the Nou Camp and wants further first-team action, although Barcelona have stated he’s not for sale – meaning any side interested will have to match his mammoth €60m release-clause.
Chelsea could have that sort of money to spend if they fail to retain the services of Thibaut Courtois but it would be difficult to see Arsenal parting with that figure for a goalkeeper, having only recently started to flex their financial muscles.