Chelsea earmark European giants 29-year-old star as summer target

Jasper Cillessen during the match between FC Barcelona - Borussia Monchengladbach, for the matchday 6 of the Champions League, played at Camp Nou Stadium on 6th December, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Credit: Urbanandsport / Nur Photo) -- (Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Chelsea are worried about the future of Belgian star Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge, amidst continued connections with La Liga and UCL giants Real Madrid, and have pinpointed targets on the market as possible replacements.

Amongst those connected with a move to the west London side is Barcelona stopper Jasper Cillessen, who has remained substitute to Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in recent seasons and is said by the Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo to be seriously thinking about his future.

Jasper, also a reported goal for defeated Champions League finalists Liverpool, is a player that Blaugrana would prefer to keep but the La Liga giants are eyeing replacements for the 29-year-old star in case he seeks a transfer.

Barcelona are said to have scouted Germany’s top flight for replacements, eyeing Wolfsburg’s Belgian ‘keeper Koen Costeels, relegated Koln’s goalkeeper Timo Horn and Werder Bremen’s 26-year-old Jiri Pavlenka, all of whom are younger than Jasper Cillessen.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, still just 26-year-old, has plenty of years ahead of him but Blaugrana are looking to provide the Germany international with serious rivalry for his starting berth.