Arsenal and Manchester City are ready to hijack Barcelona's bid to sign Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen this summer.
Sky Sports reports how the Premier League duo might look to capitalise after the Catalan club were hit with a 14-month transfer ban by FIFA, for breaching rules in relation to the 'international transfers of non-Spanish minors'.
Ter Stegen has made clear his intention to leave Borussia-Park at the end of the season, regardless of the outcome of Barcelona's appeal ahead of his prospective switch to Camp Nou, which could clear the path for Arsene Wenger or Manuel Pellegrini to make their respective moves for the goalkeeper.
"I have heard nothing about this [Barcelona situation] and I do not know what everyone wants from me," the 21-year-old told German newspaper Express.
"I only know that at the end of this season I will be leaving Borussia Monchengladbach."
A move to the Emirates or Etihad Stadium remains unlikely for the Germany international though, as Ter Stegen's agent is confident that Barcelona are still the frontrunners - ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City - in the race to secure his signature.
"I do not know if the decision applies to future transfers or to transfers that have already been completed," he explained. "First we have to see if Barcelona will appeal against the decision.
"We will remain calm and see what happens in the next few weeks. In any case, Marc will be leaving Gladbach this summer."
Arsenal and City will continue to monitor the situation closely, as both clubs continue their search for new custodians to rival current No.1s Wojciech Szczesny and Joe Hart, with Lukasz Fabianski and Costel Pantilimon both expected to leave their respective sides in the summer.
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