Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has a massive decision to make over his number one goalkeeper this season.
For the past two campaigns, the Spaniard has opted to go with Claudio Bravo as his La Liga ‘keeper, leaving Marc-Andre ter Stegen free to play in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.
However, Ter Stegen - who has made seven league appearances since arriving at the Camp Nou from Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer of 2014 - is understandably a bit fed up and has made it clear he wants his current situation to change.
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The 24-year-old has demanded assurances from Enrique that he will be Barcelona’s number one goalkeeper for both La Liga and Champions League matches during the 2016-17 campaign.
As yet, the Catalan giants have been unable to guarantee this will be the case - prompting speculation, per the Daily Mail, that Manchester City could still sign the Germany international.
Pep Guardiola is a fan of the 24-year-old, who could replace Joe Hart as the first-choice ‘keeper at the Etihad Stadium.
Barcelona tell Ter Stegen he won't be leaving on the cheap
However, Barcelona have told Ter Stegen, according to Catalan newspaper Sport, “If you want to go, pay the clause.”
Effectively, this means Barça have decided they will not enter negotiations with any club for their goalkeeper.
If Man City - or another interested club - wants him, they’ll need to pay his release clause: a seriously hefty €80 million.
Ter Stegen is perfect for Barcelona - and Pep Guardiola
While Guardiola might be an admirer of Ter Stegen, he is unlikely to ask his new employers to pay such a vast amount of money on a goalkeeper.
But the German is one of the best ‘keepers in the world with the ball at his feet.
Similar to Victor Valdes at his peak, in that he’s a terrific passer of the ball, Ter Stegen is perfect for Barcelona’s style of play - and, as a result, will soon be ideal for Man City’s too.
But Barça won’t allow him to leave the Camp Nou on the cheap.
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