Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has been identified as the number one replacement for David De Gea if the Spaniard goes to Real Madrid this summer.
The Telegraph report that goalkeeper coach Frans Hoek had been asked by Manchester United to produce a list of candidates to fill the gap left by De Gea, who is expected to be sold to Madrid in the coming weeks.
Hoek has worked with Louis van Gaal for effectively his whole career and was his goalkeeping coach at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester United as well as the Dutch national side.
So, if Hoek recommends Cillessen as De Gea’s replacement then Van Gaal would certainly take that into consideration.
Cillessen was given his first senior Netherlands appearance by United boss van Gaal in 2013 and was consistently first choice goalkeeper at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and was only replaced for a penalty shootout by back up Tim Krul.
The Ajax keeper would not be first on the list of most United fans when it comes to who they’d like to see replace De Gea but we have spoken to a few Ajax supporters who all hold Cillessen in high regard and feel he has improved dramatically over the last two years.
United have a tough job replacing De Gea if he joins Madrid but if Hoek genuinely believes Cillessen is the right player to replace him, then there’s a big chance Van Gaal will listen to the man he has trusted to be his goalkeeping coach in five different jobs with him.