MANCHESTER CITY and Liverpool are ready to double Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s wage to lure him to the Premier League.
The Barcelona keeper, 23, is unhappy being used as a Cup player by the La Liga giants – with Claudio Bravo preferred in the league – and is seeking regular playing time elsewhere.
Sun Sport report City and Liverpool will both offer the German a salary worth twice his Nou Camp deal in a desperate bid to land the stopper.
But the Catalans are unwilling to sell their keeper for anything less than his £63million buy-out clause.
A move to Liverpool would appear more likely as, having failed to dislodge Bravo at Barca, it’s unlikely term Stegen would fancy a fight with England number one Joe Hart for the goalkeeping shirt at City.
Liverpool’s need is also more pressing, despite current first choice Simon Mignolet only recently – and somewhat surprisingly – being handed a new five-year deal at Anfield.
Plenty of Reds fans were somewhat bemused by manager Jurgen Klopp’s decision to back the error-prone Mignolet to such an extent and a high quality shot-stopper is seen by many as a high priority at Anfield.
Ter Stegen is not the tallest keeper going around and we saw how tough David De Gea found the more physical nature of the Premier League when he first arrived at Manchester United. But, like the Spaniard, ter Stegen is excellent with his feet and starts many attacks with his excellent distribution.
But he is contracted to Barca until 2019 and there’s no way any club would meet the £63m buy-out clause so this deal is very much in Barcelona’s court.
Reds fans, would you prefer Mignolet or ter Stegen?