Manchester City are set to sign their number one goalkeeping target, Marc-André ter Stegen, according to the Mail on Sunday.
This news comes out of nowhere, because although Ter Stegen was reportedly close to City months ago, the proposed deal was widely reported as being dead in the water. Now comes the news from Rob Draper, Chief Football Writer for The Mail on Sunday, that in principal Barcelona have agreed to the fundamentals of a deal that will see the 24-year-old Germany international join City.
The Mail claims Barcelona already have a replacement lined up in the form of Pepe Reina, and while signing him from Napoli may slow down Ter Stegen’s move to the Etihad, a deal will be done. Ter Stegen has a release clause of £70 million, with the Mail claiming that City will negotiate a fee that could rise to £15 million.
A theory in Spain is that both 33-year-old Bravo and 24-year-old Rulli will join, with the latter going out on loan and returning later when Bravo is winding down. If Ter Stegen was to join, however, he would be in the picture for years and signing Rulli would seem unlikely. And if the German does rock up at the Etihad, the next big question will be who starts next season as number one – Joe Hart or Marc-André ter Stegen?