Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is a name that just won’t leave the Manchester City rumour mill. It was first reported earlier this summer that City were close to signing the German international, then some time later, Televisió de Catalunya revealed that the 24-year-old HAD agreed personal terms with City, leading to Barcelona to panic and guarantee him a first-choice role to keep him at the club.
However, according to today’s Mundo Deportivo, this situation may not be quite settled yet.
The Barcelona-based sports newspaper reports that after morning training today, Ter Stegen and his agent, Gerd vom Bruch, headed to club offices to discuss his future. Among the talking points was offers from several clubs, with Mundo Deportivo naming Manchester City as one of them.
Barcelona have no desire to sell the talented shot-stopper, but he refuses to share game time with Claudio Bravo for a third consecutive year. 33-year-old Bravo has been Luis Enrique’s preferred option between the sticks for La Liga games, but Ter Stegen has been handed all cup games, including the Champions League.
TV3’s claim that Barca had succumbed to Ter Stegen’s wishes in order to prevent him joining City may have been slightly premature. At today’s meeting, Ter Stegen was still seeking those assurances, it is reported, and because of his age and potential, it’s quite likely he will get what he wants. However, nothing is confirmed yet and City’s interest is said to remain active for a goalkeeper with a skill set that is ideal for Pep Guardiola.
If Ter Stegen is handed the gloves in all competitions at Camp Nou, Chilean ‘keeper Bravo, himself linked with a move to the Etihad, would quite possibly leave and could also be an option for City. City have briefed the English press, though, that they have no real interest in Bravo. Ter Stegen, it seems, is one of the few who might be available this summer that City believe could be worthy of displacing Joe Hart as number one.
The likelihood is that the German will get his way and be Barcelona’s first-choice goalkeeper from now on, but until that is confirmed, the door is slightly ajar and Manchester City are waiting…