Liverpool's chances of signing Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the summer have reportedly been given a big boost as the Catalan club are "seriously considering" selling the German.
According to Spanish outlet Fichajes (via Metro's Tom Olver), Barca manager Luis Enrique has not been impressed with Ter Stegen's attitude recently, perhaps opening the door for him to move to Anfield.
Lluis Miguelsanz in Sport recently revealed that the 23-year-old is losing patience with consistently having to play second fiddle to Claudio Bravo in the Barca goal.
Would Ter Stegen be No. 1 ahead of Mignolet if he moved to Liverpool?
While Ter Stegen regularly starts Copa del Rey and Champions League games for the Catalans, he has made only four La Liga appearances since joining from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014, the last coming in September, per WhoScored.com.
Given his obvious potential and quality, he is undoubtedly eager to be given more opportunities, and he would certainly have a chance of claiming the No. 1 shirt on a permanent basis at Liverpool.
Simon Mignolet: Has conceded as many goals as he has made saves (14) in the Premier League in 2016 #LFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 8, 2016
A lack of competition from No. 2 Adam Bogdan has meant Mignolet has retained his starting role despite patchy form, although calls are now being made to promote 22-year-old Danny Ward after his successful loan spell at Aberdeen, per football writer Dave O'Connell:
Time for Danny Ward to get a start. If an outfield player made as many mistakes in recent times as Mignolet he wouldn't even make the squad.— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) February 8, 2016
Should the Reds bring in Ter Stegen in the summer then Mignolet would face a serious fight for the No. 1 spot.
Though he may be inexperienced, the young goalkeeper already has a Champions League medal, and he has the potential to be a goalkeeping star for years to come.
As noted by Bleacher Report's Dean Jones, Liverpool are crying out for a higher-quality keeper in their ranks, and they must go after a new stopper in the summer:
Ter Stegen would be an excellent addition, and it seems he could well be available. He will be desperate to prove himself if he gets a move to Liverpool and could surely become a stalwart of Jurgen Klopp's side in the future.