Barcelona are preparing to tie goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen down to a new contract to fend off interest from clubs across Europe, German newspaper Bild reports.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach man was linked with an exit this summer due to his demands for regular action but the sale of Claudio Bravo to Manchester City has opened the door for him to become first-choice at the Nou Camp, although summer signing Jasper Cillessen is their to provide competition for his role.
Ter Stegen was hounded at the weekend for high-profile mistakes in Barcelona’s shock La Liga defeat to Celta Vigo, with the German conceding three first-half goals and another in the second-half as the hosts secured a 4-3 victory, but he’s still rated as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world.
With the new deal, Ter Stegen will reportedly raise his wages to €5.6m and his buy-out clause will also be increased to a three-figure sum of €100m.
24-year-old Ter Stegen arrived in Catalonia two years ago and won the Champions League in his first season. He also has two La Liga titles to his name but didn’t feature regularly in that competition, with Bravo the weekly choice in the league.