Manchester City are reportedly on the verge of sealing a move for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, beating rivals Liverpool in the process.
Both City and Liverpool are understood to have made bids for Ter Stegen, but the 23-year-old favours teaming up with incoming manager Pep Guardiola in Manchester, accoring to Matt Law in The Telegraph.
The Citizens are believed to pay a transfer fee of around £20 million to land the German goalkeeper, who will compete with Joe Hart for the number one spot next season, as current number two Willy Caballero is expected to leave the Etihad Stadium.
Ter Stegen joined Barcelona in the summer of 2014 in a £9 million transfer from Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach. He won the 2014/2015 La Liga title, Spanish Cup and Champions League, playing every minute during the Blaugrana’s victorious European run.
However, he has spent much of his time at Barcelona playing second fiddle to Claudio Bravo, who’s the undisputed number one between the sticks for league matches.
Not surprisingly, ter Stegen recently indicated that he wants more first-team action, but now it seems he’s going to leave the club for City.
The report also states the goalkeeper is not the first German to make such a choice, with Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan having already reportedly opted for “Guardiola and City over Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window.”