Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the 21-year old Germany and Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper, looks almost certain to join Barcelona this summer, after Yann Sommer was signed by the German club from FC Basel as his replacement.
Ter Stegen's signing will cost Barcelona between €9million and €12million, and current 'keeper Victor Valdes looks set to move on from the Catalan giants at the end of the season. Despite his young age, the shot-stopper already has three caps for his national side, and has impressed German pundits over the past three years with his maturity.
Gladbach's sporting director, Max Eberl, told the club's official website: "After Marc-Andre ter Stegen has informed us that he definitely wants to leave at the end of the season, we have now reached an agreement with his new club on the transfer arrangements. He will move abroad, that's all for now."
Sommer, who has five caps for Switzerland, is just 25 himself, despite having a wealth of experience, having made 39 appearances for the club in the Champions League and Europa League. He was a key member of the Basel squad which won the title in 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13, and are currently five points clear of Grasshoppers at the top.
He is also widely expected to be part of the Switzerland squad at the upcoming World Cup, who will be in Group E with Ecuador, France and Honduras.
Barcelona will be hoping that Ter Stegen will not prove as erratic as currently keeper Valdes, although he has made the odd notable mistake in his career.
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