Manchester City were linked with a surprise move for Barcelona back-up goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen this morning by Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
It was a speculative story in the wake of Claudio Bravo’s injury, and even doubted whether it could happen since Cillessen wants to leave Barcelona for more game time – something he would not be guaranteed at the Etihad Stadium with Ederson so firmly established.
English football’s extra competition, the League Cup, would provide the Dutch international with more cup games but would unlikely be enough to convince Cillessen to swap Barcelona for Manchester City.
The other major Barcelona-based publication SPORT has quickly shot down the story by its rival outlet, saying Cillessen is NOT on City’s agenda and they currently have no plans to move for the 29-year-old.
City may need a new goalkeeper and can apply to the Premier League for an emergency loan if the circumstances are considered ‘exceptional’, with 20-year-old Daniel Grimshaw the only available option should Ederson suffer injury or suspension.
NAC Breda have ruled out a return to Manchester for another of City’s young shot-stoppers, Aro Muric, and Pep Guardiola must decide whether to gamble on Ederson staying fit and available, or recruit a more experienced goalkeeper.
City could sign a free agent or, with the Premier League’s permission, bring in another goalkeeper on loan, perhaps an experienced Premier League, La Liga or Bundesliga player willing to serve as back-up to Ederson. An ideal candidate might have been Victor Valdes, who worked with Guardiola at Barcelona, but he announced his retirement in January.
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