Spanish giants Barcelona have reportedly completed a deal to acquire German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Bundesliga contender Borussia Monchengladbach this summer, according to a tweet from Spanish paper AS:
Ter Stegen to complete Barça switch in June http://t.co/9m43gVGw5C - 12 million euro deal has been agreed— AS English (@English_AS) January 31, 2014
The completed transfer is said to be worth €12 million.
Ter Stegen has spent the past four seasons with Borussia Monchengladbach, earning his first appearance with the club's senior squad as a teenager in 2011. Since then, the 21-year-old has made over 100 appearances in goal. According to WhoScored.com, ter Stegen boasts an average match rating of 7.31 in 18 appearances for the club in 2013-14.
Although Borussia Monchengladbach fell in its most recent outing against Bayern Munich, ter Stegen was sensational in the 2-0 loss to the reigning Bundesliga and Champions League winners, recording more than a dozen saves, as pointed out by Bundesliga Fanatic writer Alex Chaffer:
Marc-André ter Stegen made 15 saves tonight, including this world-class double save. He's 21-years old. http://t.co/t1EGsFmNqV— Alex Chaffer (@AlexChaffer) January 24, 2014
It remains to be seen whether the move, if official, will pay off for the reigning Spanish champions, but there's no denying that Barca would be acquiring a talented goalkeeper with immense potential.
In addition to his invaluable club experience, ter Stegen has made numerous appearances for the German national team, earning his stripes with the youth squads before making his first senior appearance in 2012.
While ter Stegen will surely experience some growing pains before he's ready to dominate consistently for a European powerhouse in Barcelona, there are very few weaknesses in his game and a whole lot to like about his fearless playing style.
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