Barcelona could face an epic struggle to keep hold of young goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the summer with sizeable offers from both Liverpool and Manchester City on the table.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Ter Stegen is seriously considering whether or not to agitate his way out of the Nou Camp. Barcelona are reluctant to lose the promising stopper but will be left with little choice but to sell if he makes his desire to leave clear.
Liverpool have long been interested in the 23-year-old, who has four caps for the senior Germany side, and are reportedly willing to pay in excess of €20m to sign him. Jurgen Klopp is a firm fan of his compatriot and is widely believed to be seeking an upgrade to the inconsistent Simon Mignolet.
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They have met an impasse so far as Barcelona are only willing to release Ter Stegen if a club meets his €80m release clause. Such a figure is designed to be prohibitive, however, and it is more than likely they would sell for significantly less.
Ter Stegen could double his wages at both Anfield and the Etihad where money flows freely thanks to massive TV deals. Not only could he earn significantly more money, but he would also likely go in as the club's No.1 straight from the get-go.
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At the moment, the German is having to settle for a place in the Champions League and cup competitions. That, of course, is still a significant amount of football; Barcelona are in the final of the Copa del Rey final and are expected to go all the way in Europe once again.
However, when he signed from Borussia Monchengladbach he was under the impression that he would be first-choice ahead of Claudio Bravo and has been left disillusioned with the current rotation system.
But Bravo speaks fluent Spanish and has a much higher standing in the squad. At 32-years-old, he will certainly be out of the picture before Ter Stegen but he has continued to perform well in La Liga and is going nowhere soon.
It will be a tough decision for Ter Stegen if and when it needs to be made. He is currently playing for the best team in club football and has every chance of becoming the outright No.1 in the future. On the other hand, Liverpool can't guarantee Champions League football every season let alone major honours.
The chance to play under a revered manager like Klopp and earn big money will be pulling him towards Anfield, but there is no certainty as to where he will end up in the summer.
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