Chelsea highlight £31M La Liga star as possible replacement for key Blues ace should star secure transfer away

Chelsea have highlighted Jasper Cillessen as a possible target should Thibaut Courtois end up leaving the Blues this summer.

This is according to the Sun who note that, as re-reported and translated from Mundo Deportivo, the west London side are eyeing up Cillessen as as player they could move for to replace Courtios should the Belgian leave.

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The report from the Sun also says that the former Ajax man could cost the Blues as little as £31M despite his contract containing a release clause of £54M.

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Chelsea could move for Cillessen if Courtois ends up leaving Stamford Bridge this summer

Replacing Courtois with Cillessen would be a big downgrade for Maurizio Sarri’s side, as the Dutchman isn’t anywhere near the level of the Blues’ current first choice shot-stopper.

Courtois has been one of Chelsea’s best players these past few seasons, with the Belgian playing a fairly big role in the club’s 2014/15 and 2016/17 Premier League title wins.

Cillessen very rarely starts for the Blaugrana in La Liga, with his appearances always mainly coming in the Copa Del Rey.

The Dutch international did impress in the competition for Barca last season, as he kept seven clean sheets in nine appearances to help the club win their fourth successive cup.

If Courtois does end up leaving, it seems like Cillessen could be the man Chelsea move for to replace him, something we’re sure a fair few Blues fans wouldn’t be happy with.

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