Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Havard Nordtveit, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Rumours

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2016

Moenchengladbach's Norwegian midfielder Havard Nordtveit celebrates scoring his side's 4th goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Olympic stadium in Berlin on October 31, 2015.  

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Liverpool are reportedly seeking to snap up Borussia Monchengladbach man Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer this summer, with the 25-year-old’s contract set to expire at the end of this season.

That’s according to Neil Moxley of the Sunday People (h/t the Daily Mirror), who claims the versatile Norwegian has been on the radar of manager Jurgen Klopp since his days as Borussia Dortmund boss. Moxley wrote that the German, along with others, is “in the queue for his services.”

Nordtveit, a former Arsenal player, certainly represents an intriguing option for the Reds. Here is a look at what he could offer Liverpool:

On a free transfer, this would be a fine acquisition from Liverpool. Nordtveit may not have made the grade with the Gunners, having been moved on in 2010 without playing for the senior team, but he’s grown into an important player at Borussia-Park as part of an exciting side.

Granted, the Norway international may not be the most glamorous of players, but he’s the kind of option who's vital to any squad. Nordtveit is capable of doing a strong job in a variety of positions; according to, he has played as a central midfielder, centre-back and right-back in the Bundesliga this term.

Nordtveit can do a job in many different defensive roles.
Nordtveit can do a job in many different defensive roles.VI-Images/Getty Images

As noted by OptaFranz, the Monchengladbach man is also good for a goal, with his shooting from distance especially impressive:

In the defensive-midfield, centre-back and full-back positions, Klopp needs cover. And while Nordtveit may not be a massive upgrade on any of the current starters in those areas, his adaptability would be so valuable in the squad, especially if the Reds want to compete on both the domestic and European fronts.

Nordtveit would surely fancy the move too. After failing to show his best for Arsenal, he’ll likely be keen to prove he can cut it in the Premier League. Liverpool have major prestige, and working under someone such as Klopp, someone he’ll know well from his stint in the Bundesliga, could also be alluring.


Marc-Andre ter Stegen Reportedly Rules Out Transfer

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 03:  Ter Stegen of Barcelona reacts during the Copa del Rey Semi Final, first leg match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Nou Camp on February 03, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Image
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According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t James Whaling of the Daily Mirror) Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has said he is not looking to move clubs in the summer, with Liverpool said to be interested.

Whaling wrote the Reds were hoping to add the German in an attempt to provide stiff competition to Simon Mignolet, who has been in poor form lately. However, despite being behind Claudio Bravo in the pecking order when it comes to Primera Division matches, it seems Ter Stegen is still happy at the Camp Nou.

The 23-year-old is rated as one of the game’s best young goalkeepers; here is a look at why Barcelona brought him in from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2014:

Despite his obvious talent, Ter Stegen is finding it tough to oust Bravo from between the posts in league matches. The German is the man Luis Enrique calls upon for the cup competitions, but according to a report from Sport’s Lluis Miguelsanz earlier in February, he wanted assurances over his standing in the team.

Nevertheless, it’d be a big surprise if Barcelona did decide to cash in. As noted here by Rafael Hernandez of Barcelona fan site Grup 14, Ter Stegen is a major talent:

It seems as though the Blaugrana see him as their long-term goalkeeper for when the 32-year-old Bravo does eventually step aside. So while it may be a little frustrating for Ter Stegen at this juncture, in the long run, the wait to become the team's undisputed starter will surely be worth it.

With such a bright future ahead of him in Catalonia, it’s always been tough to foresee Liverpool getting a deal done. Not only is Ter Stegen a little out of their reach, but the club showed faith in Mignolet by handing him a new five-year deal earlier this season. Klopp clearly believes the Belgian could eventually come good.