Everton move for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen

Everton have emerged as favourites to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, according to reports coming from Catalan media.

Diario Sport journalist Albert Roge claims the Merseyside club are ‘best placed’ to sign the Dutch international as they are in a better position to meet the economic demands than other interested clubs.

Cillessen, a Dutch international, has a contract at the Camp Nou running through until June 2021 and containing a €60m release clause, while it is believed he wants more first-team football.

The shot-stopper has featured in just 32 games in three seasons at the Camp Nou – of which 24 were in the Copa, with just five in La Liga and three in the Champions League.

The 29-year-old joined Barca from Ajax in 2016 but has struggled to dislodge Marc-Andre Ter Stegen from the number one spot.

Valencia and Benfica have both been heavily linked with a summer move for the shot-stopper but the latest report states that England is a more likely destination.

England international Jordan Pickford is the number one at Goodison Park so the arrival of Cillessen – who demands more first-team football – is an interesting link.

“Barcelona asking for (the release clause of) €60m for me does not help my situation,” Cillessen is cited as saying by Diario AS.

“I'm still calm, we have to wait and see what happens, I'll consider my options after the holidays.”

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