Manchester City are closing in on a deal for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Liverpool had been hoping to agree a deal for the Germany international with Jurgen Klopp looking to upgrade on the unconvincing Simon Mignolet. However, their Premier League rivals appear to have stolen a march on their efforts and now look set to win the race for his signature.
Both clubs are believed to have made bids for the 23-year-old, but Ter Stegen favours a move to the Etihad where he can work under Spanish manager Pep Guardiola as well as have a greater chance of winning major honours.
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The report states that Manchester City will pay around £20m for Ter Stegen, who will be charged with the task of competing with Joe Hart while Willy Caballero is likely to leave in the summer window.
Hart will certainly have to up his game if he is to retain his position as the club's No.1 goalkeeper. His form in recent seasons has not met the standards set early on in his career, but he sufficiently saw off the challenge of Caballero when he joined from Malaga in 2014.
Ter Stegen's blues
For Ter Stegen, it seems an odd career move. He is currently playing for the world's best football club and has won a Champions League and a Cope del Rey in little over 18 months at the Camp Nou.
He has, of course, had to settle for just cup football. Claudio Bravo is the first choice in La Liga and Ter Stegen is not happy about it.
“I don't know what the coach thinks, you have to ask him. I can just say that I want to give my very best,” Ter Stegen recently admitted. “That's what I always do – I want to give my best for the team and obviously also for me.
“I hope we reach the next round in the Champions League and win our next game in the league – these are my goals with the team. Obviously, I also have personal goals.
“The coach decides the way he decides, I guess he has his reasons to do so. But we will see how this goes on in the future.”
However, the situation will be similar at the Etihad where he will no doubt share first-team duties with Hart.
Blow for Liverpool
The news will come as a real blow for Liverpool, who have already been told that Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan prefers a move to Manchester City over Anfield. The German midfielder has been widely tipped to make the move to Eastlands this summer despite interest from his former manager Klopp.
With Adam Bogdan set to leave Liverpool, Klopp will now need to find an alternative solution to his problem between the sticks.
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