The interruption of the season due to the coronavirus epidemic led FC Barcelona to get busy to prepare for the next campaign. The Catalan club must in particular manage the question of its goalkeepers whose future remains uncertain.
Suspension of the season and epidemic of coronavirus obliges, Barca is active on other files and are already preparing the rest. If the transfer window promises to be already eventful with interests for Neymar, Lautaro Martinez or Layvin Kurzawa, the Catalan club must also manage the case of its goalkeepers.
With a Ter Stegen at the end of the contract in 2022 and replacements not necessarily satisfied, Barcelona is left with a big file on the arms and several options remain possible according to the local media.
Extension of Ter Stegen at a standstill
It was said to be almost complete but for some time, the extension of Manc-Andre Ter Stegen has not advanced. Two years from the end of his contract, the German international is making the suspense last. A time courted by Bayern Munich, he would negotiate a nice upgrade to engage in the long term with the Catalan team.
The daily Sport however ensures that a possible extension of Manuel Neuer in Bavaria could do the business of the leaders of the club cules. Without pressure, the incumbent Barca goalkeeper could not raise the stakes for a long time and could well agree to extend.
A planned lining change
The future of Ter Stegen could be decanted according to that of Manuel Neuer in Munich. On the Barcelona side, it would also play on the hierarchy of substitute goalkeepers. Lining the German, Neto seems frustrated with his playing time this season. Arrived from Valencia during the last summer transfer window, the Brazilian goalkeeper only played four games in all competitions. The rest of the time, he put his brakes on the bench.
If the 30-year-old leaves, the Catalan management would consider promoting Inaki Pena from the reserve. At just 21, the Barca trained goalkeeper is considered a promising player. If Neto leaves, he should therefore become Ter Stegen’s new permanent replacement. Otherwise, Inaki Pena is likely to be extended over the long term and then loaned to a second division club to play as a titular player.
A final option also exists if the negotiations to extend Marc-Andre Ter Stegen should escalate. The Sport newspaper indicates that the Catalan club would study the option of recruiting Andre Onana. Passed by the Barca training center between 2010 and 2015, the Cameroonian shines in the jersey of Ajax Amsterdam.
So much so that several European leaders would be interested in him like Chelsea or even PSG and Tottenham. At 24, the Cameroonian would disembark in Catalonia to become a holder and this would inevitably push Ter Stegen towards the exit. But for now the priority would always remain to extend the German international.