Ajax tell Manchester United: Cillessen not for sale

Louis van Gaal’s side had been linked with a €25 million bid for the Netherlands goalkeeper, with uncertainty still surrounding David De Gea’s long-term future at the club


Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars was warned Manchester United that goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is not for sale.

Louis van Gaal could be forced into the transfer market for a new No.1, with Real Madrid target David De Gea yet to sign a contract extension and the Spaniard’s current deal set to expire at the end of next season.

As exclusively revealed by Goal, De Gea, who scooped United’s Players’ Player of the Season and Fans’ Player of the Season at the club’s award ceremony on Tuesday, is set for crunch talks with Old Trafford chiefs this week regarding his future.

Reports in the Netherlands claim that United are thus preparing a 25 million [£18m] move for Ajax’s Cillessen, who was Van Gaal’s first-choice shot-stopper at last summer’s World Cup.

Overmars has told United to forget about signing the goalkeeper, however, telling De Telegraaf that “Jasper is not for sale, not even for 25m before adding that the Premier League outfit are yet to make an official approach for the 26-year-old.

Cillessen was infamously substituted off in the World Cup against Costa Rica as the quarter-finals approached a penalty shoot-out, with replacement Tim Krul saving two spot-kicks to send Netherlands into the semi-finals.