Marc-Andre ter Stegen eyes surprise Barcelona exit

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Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen would welcome a January loan move to the Premier League, a stance which has reportedly alerted Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool to the possibility of signing the promising German stopper when the transfer window opens.

Ter Stegen chose a summer switch to Barca over a whole host of alternatives, including Arsenal, but has struggled to stake his claim for the number one jersey at the Camp Nou so far this season.

The 22-year-old is yet to feature in La Liga this season but all is not lost just yet, with the Express quite outrageously claiming that United consider him among an elite list of goalkeepers who are good enough to replace David de Gea if speculation linking him with Real Madrid holds any weight.

£10 million man fails to make an impression

Ter Stegen completed a £10 million move from Borussia Monchengladbach to Barcelona under no illusions that there'd be stiff competition for a starting spot, with Barca also splashing out on direct competition in the shape of Chilean international Claudio Bravo.

New Barca manager Luis Enrique has stuck exclusively with Bravo in La Liga and handed Ter Stegen the consolation prize of four appearances in the Champions League, but that's not thought to be enough to keep the ambitious young stopper happy.

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Premier League move looks viable

If Barcelona do make Ter Stegen available, and that remains a big if, then there will be no shortage of suitors in the Premier League, particularly with Arsenal & Liverpool both in need of reinforcements.

Liverpool's own young stopper Simon Mignolet has come in for staunch criticism so far this season, piling the pressure on Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to bring in an alternative that can deliver the goods in all competitions.

Arsenal meanwhile must surely put Wojciech Szczesny under more pressure to perform in order to stay in between the sticks at the Emirates, particularly with summer signing David Ospina struggling with injury ever since completing his move to North London.

United still examining goalkeeping options

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal's interest in Ter Stegen looks far more speculative, but the decision to let former Barca star Victor Valdes train at Carrington has made it clear he wants to sign a new keeper in January.

Real Madrid's interest in De Gea has complicated matters, but even if he can be persuaded to stay Anders Lindegaard is on the way out and in the long-term Van Gaal wants a different option will make make sure the Spanish international guards against complacency.

Valdes may yet fail to prove his fitness and that's when Ter Stegen may well become a surprise transfer priority, particularly if Enrique fails to offer the talented shot-stopper any kind of assurances over his future between now and the end of the season.

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