Liverpool, Manchester City on alert as ter Stegen hints Barcelona exit

Sankha Ghosh / 29 March 2016
ter stegen pushing for no.1 spot

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona’s German goalkeeper has once again put Liverpool and Manchester City on red alert.

The 23-year-old German goalkeeper has actually annoyed La Liga giants by publicly admitting that he has become fed up with having to share keeper duties with Claudio Bravo.

Ter Stegen has revealed he will soon hold final talks with Barcelona regarding his future as the former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper beliefs playing 25 games a season is not at all “sufficient.”

Ter Stegen said: “If the situation remains the way it is at the moment, however, then we’re definitely going to have to talk – there’s no avoiding that.”

Barcelona have always insisted that ter Stegen is not up for sale and that he has a contract which runs till 2019 with a £60m buy-out clause.

However, they could be tempted this summer with a massive offer as Manchester City’s incoming manager Pep Guardiola is looking for a new keeper at the Etihad.

Some reports suggest third-choice keeper Jordi Masip is now ready enough to step in as Claudio Bravo’s understudy, and that’s why Barca hierarchy regards £20m as a fair valuation for Ter Stegen.

That means England international Joe Hart could be facing a threat to his future as Guardiola prefers a sweeper keeper.

Ter Stegen, who has won four caps for Germany, eventually fits the bill, and City’s links at Barcelona could help the deal make successful.

Liverpool have also been linked with ter Stegen but City what it appears a more likely destination if the German decides to Leave Barcelona.

Jurgen Klopp has picked the German shot-stopper as one of his potential targets yet again after failed to land him in the January window, but the rumours about an unrest of the 23-year-old at Nou Camp still persists.

The Reds initially prepared an offer worth £12million in January, which means there will be a small profit on the £10m the La Liga giants paid Borussia Moenchengladbach for the youngster last year and subsequently the offer was rejected.

All 21 of the German shotstopper’s matches last season came either in Champions League or Copa del Rey and he hasn’t been able to cement his place as the no.1 keeper this season also as Luis Enrique has yet again made Bravo his first choice goalkeeper.

It is believed that Ter Stegen would first want assurances from Klopp that he will be given enough opportunity to prove himself as the No.1 keeper at Anfield.