Barca set for new No.1 in Marc-Andre ter Stergen

German international Marc-Andre ter Stergen is set to be FC Barcelona’s first choice goal keeper during the upcoming 2016/17 season.

Ter Stergen, 24, is set to replace the Barca’s current No.1 Claudio Bravo, who has recently won Copa America Centenario.

It was reported that Ter Stegen will be starter in all the important competitions next season.

This could mean that he will be playing for Barca in both La Liga and the Champions League. In the 2015/2016 season, he played only in the Copa Del Rey and some Champions League matches, while Bravo featured regularly for the team in La Liga.

Contractual terms were agreed with the former Borussia Monchengladbach player after he promised to make a move to Manchester City should Barca fail to guarantee him a regular starting spot between the posts.

It is not known if Bravo will be content as Ter Stegen’s back-up, but both have previously stated they wanted to stay at Camp Nou and President Josep Maria Bartomeu said earlier in July that both would remain with the club in this summer.

Bravo, who took over goalkeeping duties following Victor Valdes’s departure two years ago, had also received offers from Manchester City, with the club reportedly getting in touch with the player himself.

Current Blues coach Pep Guardiola was reportedly keen to replace Joe Hart, who performed abysmally in the recent European Championships.

In other news, Barca has signed on 22-year-old French international defender Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyonnais for the next five seasons. He is the second player Luis Enrique has brought into the Catalonian ranks this summer after Denis Suarez.

 

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