Victor Valdes is ready to leave Barcelona for AS Monaco in the upcoming transfer window and the club is preparing bids for talented goalkeepers. Reportedly, their priority is Monchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Three-times capped German and a part of Bundesliga since 2011, this youngster is considered to be one of the best goalies in the league. He joined his current club at the age of four and has been part of it ever since.
The 21-year-old became Gladback's first-choice 'keeper in the first professional season and has been the leader of the team alongside Marco Reus before United's target joined Dortmund.
Soon afterwards, a debut for the German national team came for ter Stegen. Joachim Low included him in a match against Switzerland in May 2012 and instead of impressing, he had to take the ball out of the net for five times. The match ended up 5-3 for the opposition.
In a match versus Argentina, he saved a penalty that was taken by Lionel Messi. However, the team have lost again, this time it was 3-1. He also took part in a friendly against United States which the Americans have won 4-3. They can thank the goalkeeper for making a mistake which turned out to be crucial in the match. He hasn't been called up since then.
Nevertheless, there is a big possibility that ter Stegen will reinforce Los Cules for the upcoming season. The club have also expressed the interest of signing Atletico's star Thibaut Courtois.
So should the team make an official bid for the young German or look elsewhere for a new goalkeeper? They will have to choose carefully after this unsuccessful season under Gerardo Martino.
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