Pep Guardiola wants to bring Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to Manchester City this summer because of his fine passing accuracy.
This has been reported by Goal.com, who claim that the incoming Citizens boss wants a sweeper keeper at the Etihad in the 2016/17 campaign.
With a passing accuracy of 86.7%, Ter Stegen has the highest percentage of any goalkeeper in the Champions League this season. Guardiola's current goalkeeper at Bayern Munich, Manuel Neuer, sits behind Ter Stegen in the rankings with a passing accuracy of 83.3%.
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Ter Stegen's long-term future in the game has been the subject of debate recently; despite playing a prominent role in cup competitions for the Catalans, the young 'keeper has failed to replace Claudio Bravo as the club's No.1 goalkeeper in La Liga.
It appears, then, that Ter Stegen could end up at the Etihad sooner rather than later as Guardiola seeks to change the dynamic of his new side. Liverpool are also interested, but the prospect of playing under Guardiola appears to be too good to turn down for Ter Stegen.
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The potential signing of the Barca man would, of course, come as a blow to current City 'keeper Joe Hart. The England international has been an integral member of the City team over the last few seasons, but it appears that he doesn't quite suit Guardiola's style of play.
Harsh on Hart
If Guardiola really is determined to replace Hart, then it's hard not to feel sorry for him. He has had his fair share of problems at the Etihad, but he has always come out the other side.
It would certainly be tough on him if he was forced out under Guardiola, but he may have no choice but to look for a new club. Without a doubt, he wouldn't want to settle for a place on the bench under the new regime.
But Guardiola, as well as being one of the most established managers in world football, is also extremely stubborn. He will want to do things his way when he arrives on English soil and that could have severe consequences for Hart.
It's clear for all to see that Hart isn't a ball-playing goalkeeper and that probably isn't going to change.
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