Transfer News: Al-Ittihad in talks with Barcelona GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen for potential Saudi switch

The current first choice goalkeeper of FC Barcelona Marc-Andre ter Stegen is regarded as one of the best offensive goalkeepers in the world. The German international has stood as a pillar for Barcelona since joining the Catalan side back in 2014.

Even though Ter Stegen is 31 years old, he still seems to be a vital player for the current Barcelona side. However, recent interest from the Middle East can possibly see the German keeper change teams.

AI-Ittihad interested to bring in Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Several clubs, including Al-Ittihad, are closely monitoring Barcelona’s first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Al-Ittihad, the current league leaders of the Saudi Pro League, are reportedly close to securing the services of the German international.

According to Ashraf Ben Ayad, Ter Stegen has received a “very interesting” offer from Saudi Arabia. Given that Ramon Planes, who previously worked with Barcelona from 2018-2021, is now the sporting director of Al-Ittihad, there is a strong possibility of Ter Stegen reuniting with him at the club.

Even though Barcelona is having a lot of financial issues, they will not be listening offers for the Pedri, Gavi and Araujo, but due to having to maintain the Fianacial 1:1 rule, the club could be seen offloading 3 players in the upcoming window. Thus, this means that they will be open to offers for other players including Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

When does Ter Stegen’s Barcelona contract end?

After Claudio Bravo’s departure to Manchester City, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen assumed the role of Barcelona’s first-choice goalkeeper. Recently, he signed a long-term contract with the club, extending his stay until 2028.

Ter Stegen has been exceptional for Barcelona, playing a pivotal role during challenging periods. However, if an attractive offer is presented to him, it could potentially alter the club’s stance on his future.

As per the reports, Ter Stegen is not the only one who could be leaving the Catalans. Barcelona’s right winger Raphinha has also been targeted by Ange’s Spurs while on the other side Frenkie de Jong has been targeted by the Manchester United side, as Ten Hag wants to bring in the Dutch Midfielder to the Theater of Dreams.

This summer transfer window can see numerous changes in the Barcelona side as many top players are being targeted by the other clubs around the world.

Share your thoughts and tell us which Barcelona player would be given the exit door.

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