Report: Barcelona slash asking price for Cillessen, expect difficult talks with Liverpool

Jasper Cillessen of Barcelona prepares to throw the ball during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match on July 26, 2017 at the FedExField, in Landover, Maryland.

Liverpool continue to be linked with Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

Jasper Cillessen of Barcelona prepares to throw the ball during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match on July 26, 2017 at the FedExField, in Landover, Maryland.

According to Catalan newspaper SPORT, Barcelona are willing to let goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen leave for around €30million (£26.5million) this summer.

Barca swooped to land Cillessen from Ajax in the summer of 2016 after selling Claudio Bravo to Manchester City, with the Dutchman brought in as cover for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

Whilst Cillessen, 29, had been a regular for the Netherlands, he has been a bit-part player for Barcelona, making just 21 appearances in two years having mostly played in cup competitions.

Barcelona's Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen kicks the ball as he warms up prior to the UEFA Champions League group D football match between FC Barcelona and Olympiakos FC at the...

Now, with Ter Stegen not budging any time soon, Cillessen may be looking to move on – and Barcelona will slash his asking price from €60million (£53million) to €30million (£26.5million) this summer.

SPORT report that Barcelona are willing to facilitate a move, and whilst a host of clubs are keen, they are anticipating difficult talks with Liverpool if they come calling for his signature.

After months of negotiations to sign Philippe Coutinho from the Reds, Barcelona allegedly think talks over Cillessen would be similarly tough, even with a price slash expected.

Goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen of the Netherlands in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between the Netherlands and Luxembourg held at De Kuip or Stadion Feijenoord on June 9,...

Liverpool are expected to be in the market for a goalkeeper after Loris Karius' horror show against Real Madrid in the Champions League final, and Cillessen would give Jurgen Klopp an experienced option.

Cillessen is also familiar with Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum from international duty, and could be a safe pair of hands for the Reds – but it remains to be seen whether the Reds firm up their interest this summer.

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