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Barcelona set to name Marc-Andre ter Stegen as number one

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During Barcelona's successful run to the 2015-16 La Liga title, the man trusted between the sticks was Chilean shot-stopper Claudio Bravo.

The 33-year-old was the Catalan team's number one for all but five of the 38 league games and, after helping Chile to win the 2016 Copa America this summer, things had been looking good for Bravo.

That could all be about to change, however, after reports from Spain today have revealed that Barcelona are set to name Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as their starting 'keeper for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.

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According to Televisio de Catalunya, via Sport, Ter Stegen has won the battle to start not only the La Liga fixtures, but also Barca's Champions League schedule.

The decision, should it be confirmed, would mark a significant change in policy from Barcelona moving forward.

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Left out of their La Liga lineups, Ter Stegen had been the 'keeper of choice in the Champions League last season. Now, though, it looks like Luis Enrique is planning on moving away from splitting the goalkeeping duties.

Again per Televisio de Catalunya, the decision to promote the German to definitive number role has been brought on by the fact that Ter Stegen has reportedly agreed to a deal to join former Barca manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City if he didn't receive first team assurances from his current employer.

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Somewhat ironically, the impending change in Barcelona could now mean that Bravo is the man to up sticks and make the move over to Manchester.

Sport are today reporting that the Catalan giants are willing to listen to offers for the former Real Sociedad player, and City are believed to be contemplating a bid as they look to increase competition for Joe Hart's number one shirt.

With Hart having failed to impress during England's dismal Euro 2016 run, there is a belief that Guardiola is looking at his options between the sticks as he plans for his first season managing in England.

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In giving Ter Stegen the number one shirt for all major fixtures, Barcelona seems to have seen off the threat from their former boss.

And it is unlikely their decision will have any adverse affect on their chances of bringing more trophies to the Camp Nou next year.

At 24-years-old, Ter Stegen is widely regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world and is the understudy for Manuel Neuer for Germany. Barca should be in safe hands.

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