Ajax manager Frank De Boer has warned Manchester United that Jasper Cillessen will not be available for a cheap fee.
The 26-year-old Dutch international was part of Louis van Gaal‘s Holland squad during the 2014 World Cup and his since been rumoured as a potential replacement for David De Gea, should he leave the club.
De Gea has been part of a huge transfer saga this summer and despite the arrival of Sergio Romero at Old Trafford, Van Gaal seems intent on drafting another keeper into the squad to cater for the potential loss of De Gea.
However, De Boer has stated that Ajax will fight against any bid for Cillessen and has reiterated his desire to keep the player at the club.
“Man United will have to pay huge price for Cillessen,” De Boer told the Daily Mirror.
“Let it be clear that we are going to take a really strong attitude and we will fight against him leaving at this stage.
“Why? Because we have seen all our three alternatives go out of sight and it gets harder and harder to find a decent replacement.”
With speculation regarding Cillessen gathering pace all summer, Frank De Boer’s decision to name-drop the Dutch goalkeeper in relation to Manchester United will do nothing but fuel rumours he is set to replace De Gea.
United fans seem divided in opinion regarding such transfer news, with claims being made that a keeper van Gaal decided to substitute for Holland’s penalty-shoot-out against Costa Rica, cannot be considered a good choice to replace a world class talent such as De Gea.
However, with United looking to compete on all fronts this season, Van Gaal needs to do everything in his power to retain the services of the Spaniard, who could well make the difference in any potential title-charge this year. To bring in another new goalkeeper may only further serve to upset the chemistry of United’s current squad.