Reports: City set to rival Liverpool for Marc-Andre ter Stegen's signature

Reports: City interested in ter Stegen's services

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has made no secret that he is currently unsettled, could make a move to the Premier League this summer. As reported by the Telegraph, the Express and Liverpool Echo, Manchester City have emerged frontrunners for his signature.

The talented 23-year-old German, who has been Claudio Bravo's understudy for much of the 2015/16 campaign, is certainly eager to play more regularly and with the experienced Chilean reaching the latter years of his playing career, his future with Barça remains uncertain.

ter Stegen (far left) and Bravo in training, earlier in the campaign | Photo:
ter Stegen (far left) and Bravo in training, earlier in the campaign | Photo:

Liverpool, managed by Jürgen Klopp, have been heavily linked with a move for the talented goalkeeper since the middle of 2015 - with Simon Mignolet's inconsistencies hinting at a potential upgrade being needed if the Reds are to compete at the fierce end of England's top flight. However in the last few days, it has emerged that City are also interested in ter Stegen's services. Willy Caballero (34) is expected to leave the Citizens at the end of the season, and Joe Hart turns 29 in the middle of April.

A signal of intent, in more ways than one

ter Stegen's arrival at Eastlands would signal intent from the sky Blues, especially with the arrival of Pep Guardiola fast approaching. He, a talented goalkeeper himself, could easily see a future as City's first-choice if Hart sustains an injury or displays inconsistent form, something that understudies often have to rely on to get their opportunity centre-stage.

He'd be the first to tell you that he's not the finished article yet, and has plenty to learn - something that you'd expect a manager like Pep to nurture from a quality goalkeeper, one with the potential to be highlighted as one of the best in the world soon. The transfer fee would be anywhere in the region of £20-25million pounds, and it is believed that although he's uncertain whether he still has a solid future with the La Liga giants, he would favour a move to Manchester City.