There is a definite “danger” of Marc-Andre ter Stegen leaving Barcelona this summer, according to reports, with Liverpool said to be willing to double the goalkeeper's salary.
Lluis Miguelsanz of Sport reported that the German is “unsure what to do” about his future given he still remains the club’s goalkeeper exclusively for cup competitions. It’s noted that both the Reds and Manchester City are interested in taking him off Barcelona’s hands for a fee in excess of €20 million and promises of a bolstered wage package.
“The goalkeeper is thinking carefully about this,” Miguelsanz added. “But to leave, he would have to demand to do so. His agent has spoken several times with Barcelona. Ter Stegen thought this might be his year, but [manager Luis Enrique] opted just to play him in the cups again.”
It’s noted that Barcelona are not seeking to cash in on the former Borussia Monchengladbach stopper and will demand his release clause of €80 million be met if he leaves the club. "They hope he will understand his situation and see the future is bright for him,” writes Miguelsanz.
Although he’s been unable to dislodge the excellent Claudio Bravo from the team in league matches, Ter Stegen is a remarkable talent. Here’s a look at some of the 23-year-old’s best moments since he joined the club at the start of the 2014-15 term:
The German was a key part of Barcelona’s treble winning campaign in his debut season, between the posts for their successful runs in both the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. But it seems as though the youngster has grown tired of being rotated in and out of the side, especially with exciting options elsewhere.
Still, Barcelona will be desperate to keep hold of a player who clearly has a very bright future in the game, per Spanish football expert Rafael Hernandez:
Ter Stegen will stay even if we have to chain him to the Camp Nou.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) March 16, 2016
Liverpool could certainly do with some reinforcements in this area of the field, with the jury very much out on Simon Mignolet. Ter Stegen would be an undeniable upgrade in this area.
It’s a deal which seems to be a long way off for the time being, though. The Reds will surely face stiff competition should the youngster become available, and if that comes from City, buoyed by the appointment of Pep Guardiola, then getting him to Anfield may be tough. Additionally, if the Blaugrana aren’t keen on selling a player, typically he goes nowhere.
Mats Hummels Wants Mario Gotze Reunion
Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels has admitted he would love to have Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze back at the Westfalenstadion.
The Germany international has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool as of late, with Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror suggesting he wants to link up with Jurgen Klopp, who was his boss at BVB, on Merseyside.
Speaking to Bild (h/t Alex Harris of the Daily Star), Hummels admitted he’d be keen to line up alongside the playmaker again. “Mario is a player of world class potential,” said the defender. “Therefore, it would always nice to play together with him.”
It’s been reported by Die Welt (h/t the Daily Mirror) that Dortmund want to re-sign their former playmaker, as he continues to struggle for minutes in Bavaria. Here is a look at some of his standout moments in the yellow jersey:
If he leaves Bayern, which club would be the better option for Gotze?
Liverpool and Dortmund each offer enticing prospects for Gotze. Working with Klopp again, the manager who drew the best from him as a youngster, would be appealing, while a return to his boyhood club would also alleviate the bitter taste his move from BVB to Bayern left for many who make up the yellow wall.
Both would be romantic storylines, but at this juncture, Dortmund look much further ahead in their development than Liverpool in a league which Gotze knows well. The Reds would provide a new set of challenges for a player who has slumped into a lull as of late, although his former side are currently better placed to compete for major honours.