Jasper Cillessen joins Barcelona on a five-year contract

Jasper Cillessen
Image: Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has joined Barcelona on a five-year contract

Barcelona have completed the signing of Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

Cillessen joins the La Liga champions on a five-year contract after completing his £12.8m move from the Amsterdam Arena.

The Dutchman took to social media on Thursday morning to confirm that his transfer to the Nou Camp had finally been completed, following weeks of negotiations.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09:  Jasper Cillessen of the Netherlands sits on the pitch after failing to save the penalty kick of Maxi Rodriguez of Argentina (
Image: Cillessen will compete with Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the number one jersey at Barcelona

The 27-year-old Netherlands international, who made 44 appearances last season for Ajax, replaces Claudio Bravo, who is expected to be officially announced as a Manchester City player on Thursday.

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Cillessen posted an image of himself wearing a Barcelona kit to social media alongside the Spanish caption "sueños se hacen realidad", meaning "dreams come true" in English.

His arrival at the Nou Camp, coupled with Bravo joining City, paves the way for Joe Hart to depart the Etihad this summer.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 10:  Claudio Bravo of FC Barcelona looks on ahead of the Joan Gamper trophy match between FC Barcelona and UC Sampdoria at Camp N
Image: Cillessen's arrival at the Nou Camp clears the way for Claudio Bravo to join Manchester City

The England international has been told he is allowed to leave City after Pep Guardiola deemed him unsuitable for the club's new possession style of play.

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Meanwhile, Cillessen has been allowed to leave Ajax after the Amsterdam club had secured the signing of Tim Krul on a season-long loan from Newcastle earlier this week.

Cillessen will be officially unveiled tomorrow and is now set to compete with Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the number one jersey at Barcelona.

Joe Hart appreciated his reception from the City fans on Wednesday
Image: Joe Hart is widely expected to leave Manchester City this summer

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