Barcelona Transfer News: Latest on Sandro and Marc-Andre ter Stegen Exit Rumours

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2016

Barcelona's Sandro Ramirez celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal during the Champions League group F soccer match between F.C. Barcelona and Ajax at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Barcelona defeated Ajax 3-1. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has said Barcelona have no desire to sell goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the current transfer window but are actively searching for a buyer for Sandro Ramirez.

Both players have been linked with moves in recent weeks, and Balague recently shared his knowledge about the pair on social media:

Despite Balague's assertion, Tottenham Hotspur do not want Sandro. Reports suggested the player could arrive in north London, according to Sport

The Spanish newspaper said the White Hart Lane club was making a "final push" to capture the talent, who is surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou.

Here is a video outlining Sandro's top-class potential:

Sport further explained the finite details of Sandro's proposed deal to Spurs:

Spurs are in the final push for Sandro, who it is understood will be allowed to leave Barça in January. The London-based club have spoke with footballer themselves and have offered him a four-and-a-half-year contract. They are now waiting for the OK from the player. However, the deal could get complicated. The English side are not ready to include any buyback option in the deal because they believe they would be paying a significant amount of money which should allow them 100 percent of the player’s rights. 

Tottenham could be in the market for a forward in January after it was confirmed Clinton Njie would be missing from duty for a significant period. 

BBC Sport reporter Oluwashina Okeleji recently explained the detail and prognosis of the player's injury:

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Ter Stegen has been linked with a surprise departure from Barca, with a move to Liverpool being mooted to join compatriot Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool's manager, at Anfield.

According to Spanish outlet Marca (h/t Jack de Menezes in the Independent), ter Stegen is considering his future at the Blaugrana as he continues to be second choice behind Claudio Bravo. The stopper was also left out of Barca's recent Club World Cup triumph completely.

As a result the Reds have been linked with the German international as the Liverpool coach reviews his options, per James Whaling in the Mirror.

However, Klopp poured cold water on the rumours on Monday, categorically denying any interest in the Barca 'keeper, as quoted by James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo:

Barcelona's German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen reacts during the Group E, second-leg UEFA Champions League football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Barcelona in Leverkusen, western Germany on December 9, 2015.  / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo c

Ter Stegen is clearly frustrated as he plays second fiddle to Bravo, but he is still young and arguably the superior talent. 

However, at 23, he needs to be playing first-team football to progress and evolve, and if he cannot secure more games at the Camp Nou, he should move on. 

The goalkeeper will find it impossible to displace German No. 1 Manuel Neuer at international level if he isn't featuring regularly for a major European club, and his career has effectively stalled at present.

Sandro Ramirez of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Barcelona on December 9, 2015 at the BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Sandro is a victim of the success of Barcelona's MSN trinity of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, and he will hugely benefit from a transfer to a new club.

The 20-year-old is bursting with talent, but his current chances of starting for the Blaugrana are close to zero. 

Spurs would be a perfect club for the player, as the Premier League team would progressively develop the Las Palmas-born individual, following the same path as predatory young attacker Harry Kane—who has thrived over the past 18 months.