Rafa Benitez still seems determined to bring in another goalkeeper to Newcastle, and he could even do that in January.
The latest news from Spain and outlet El Gol Digital is that Benitez has identified Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen as a potential target.
Cillessen was the number one Dutch goalkeeper when he made the move from Ajax to Barcelona in the summer of 2016, but that has been a disastrous move for him.
He was brought in by Barcelona to replace Claudio Bravo who moved to Manchester City and the Chilean International also finds himself on the bench at City.
Jasper Cillessen – Barcelona’s backup goalkeeper
Cillessen has played only 11 times for the Barcelona first team with German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Ter Stegen) the Barcelona number one.
And it looks like it will stay that way with the German goalkeeper having signed a new deal that keeps him in Spain through 2022.
28-year-old Cillessen has 37 Dutch caps and is keen to get first-team football again and would likely jump at the chance to move to Newcastle.
He’s always looked a good goalkeeper who is reliable and confident; he doesn’t make many mistakes and was Holland’s goalkeeper in the last World Cup in Brazil.
With 35-year-old Pepe Reina a free agent next summer we still wonder whether Rafa will make another attempt to bring in his former goalkeeper at Liverpool and Napoli?
But it seems certain that Rafa still wants to bring in another goalkeeper to Newcastle.
And if he does that in January then young and talented Freddie Woodman can then go out on loan to get first team games – which he desperately needs to continue his development.
Jasper Cillessen stands 6ft 2ins tall and played 143 times for Ajax before joining Barcelona last year.