Lionel Messi has asked one of his Barcelona teammates to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus during the summer, after interest from the Italian champions.
Barcelona have some humongous salaries which get paid every week with the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi all getting paid a bomb amongst others. Players like Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic do not earn meagerly either, and Jordi Alba is expected to be joining that list soon, maximum till the end of this season.
Barcelona have also signed Frenkie de Jong in January and though the player arrives in summer, the club will have to ensure sound finances as well as some room in the squad to accommodate the Netherlands international. As a result, they are looking to undertake a drive to get rid of the dead or old weights in their squad during the summer.
It has been speculated that Ivan Rakitic has an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, and if Barcelona look in to cash in on the Croat, he will straightaway head to the Parc de Princes. That said, Barcelona might even allow Jasper Cillessen to leave. Honestly, he is too good to be a second choice goalie and he might probably walk into the first team of other European clubs.
Apparently, Juventus are keen on bringing the Dutch shot stopper to their roster as they believe that he could be the rightful replacement to Gianluigi Buffon, their veteran goalkeeper who is now at Paris Saint-Germain spending the twilight of his career. Lionel Messi knows this, and even the Barcelona captain has recommended that Cillessen goes, of course for his own good.
The Italian giants are willing to pay up to 40 million euros for the services of the former Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper. For now, Jasper Cillessen has been ruled out for six weeks and will be missing both of Barcelona’s El Clasico semi-finals in the Copa del Rey over the month of February. So just in case Barcelona’s bitter rivals knock them out, Cillessen could have made his last appearance for the club.
Jasper Cillessen has done a lot for Barcelona, and since 2016/17, he has won a lot for the club, especially playing an integral role in their Copa del Rey triumphs by featuring in nearly every cup fixture. Despite being a top class keeper, he never created a fuss in the dressing room and for sure, he will succeed at Juventus.
Do you think Cillessen can outwit Szczesny and Perin at Juventus to become first-choice?