Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly "preparing a £20 million bid" for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and has also approached Fiorentina about signing defensive midfielder Mario Suarez.
The Sunday Mirror (h/t Jonathan Green of the Daily Star) reported the Anfield boss wants to bring the German international stopper to Merseyside, despite giving current No. 1 Simon Mignolet a new five-year deal. Ter Stegen is believed to be "open to leaving" the Blaugrana after failing to become a regular for the treble winners.
Green added "doubts remain" about Mignolet's ability to be the club's long-term 'keeper, after the Belgian conceded eight goals in his previous three games and made a paltry two saves during the period. Barca will demand £20 million for their reserve goalkeeper, and Klopp is said to be ready to move "this week," per Sunday Mirror.
However, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon (h/t Daily Star's Alex Harris), Klopp is only prepared to pay £10.8 million for his compatriot during the January transfer window, but Barca manager Luis Enrique wants £23 million for Ter Stegen.
Manchester United are also said to want the goalkeeper, per Italian outlet Calciomercato (h/t Harris), identifying the German as a potential replacement for David De Gea if he departs for Real Madrid.
Here is a video displaying the Barca goalkeeper's undeniable talent:
Despite persistent rumours, Klopp recently denied he wants to sign Ter Stegen or Cologne's Timo Horn, and he is content with his current goalkeeper, as quoted by Joe Wright of Goal.
"No. They're good goalkeepers, but no," said Klopp. "Our goalkeeping situation is absolutely OK. Simon Mignolet is a really, really good 'keeper."
Goal's Ben Hayward agreed with Barcelona's decision to currently utilise Claudio Bravo as the more senior of their two stoppers but also hailed 23-year-old Ter Stegen as one to watch for the future:
@Jajendi Ter Stegen is the future, but Bravo is definitely the present. More reliable at the moment.— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) January 6, 2016
Ter Stegen has enjoyed only four appearances in La Liga this term but has played six times in the Champions League, according to WhoScored.com.
Liverpool are also pursuing the signature of former Atletico Madrid star Suarez, with beIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri claiming Klopp has contacted La Viola. However, it appears the Reds will face competition from a rival Premier League team for his services:
Liverpool have contacted Fiorentina for Mario Suarez. Also Watford are in— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 24, 2016
According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Daily Star's Jamie Anderson), Fiorentina want £6 million for Suarez, who joined the club during the summer but has failed to claim a starting berth.
Ter Stegen will be in demand if he wants to leave Barca, and he is potentially a world-class goalkeeper in the making.
Who should be Liverpool's No. 1?
Mignolet has qualities and a defined skill set, but if the choice is between him and the German international, the Blaugrana stopper is the superior individual.
Liverpool concede too many goals, and Mignolet is not the rock Klopp can build on for the future. He makes too many mistakes across the course of a game, despite having excellent experience in English football.
However, Ter Stegen is young and has untapped potential, and Liverpool could offer him an opportunity to play regular football to develop the finer points of his burgeoning talent under a sensational coach.