Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen joins FC Barcelona

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Barcelona, Aug 25: Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was revealed on Thursday as a new signing for FC Barcelona for the next five football seasons as a replacement for Chilean Claudio Bravo, who is on the brink of a move to Manchester City.

Barcelona announced through their website that the 27-year-old Dutchman had been signed from Amsterdam side AFC Ajax for 13 million euros ($14.6 million) plus two million euros ($2.2 million) variables, with a release clause of 60 million euros ($67.7 million), reports Efe.

Chile's Alexis Sanchez (7) is challenged by Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen during the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Cillessen arrived on Thursday (Aug 25) morning at Barcelona where he passed a medical and signed his contract.

Cillessen will be officially presented on Friday to begin a new era with the Catalan side, after five years with Ajax winning the Eredivisie three times.

The new signing comes as a result of the expected departure of Chilean keeper Bravo after two great seasons, as he refuses to be alternated with German Marc-Andre ter Stegen.


Story first published: Thursday, August 25, 2016, 18:18 [IST]
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