One of FC Barcelona’s biggest priorities is to renew with Marc-André Ter Stegen who has been key for the Catalan club in recent years. The German goalkeeper’s contract expires in 2022, but Barça is willing to propose a new contract to keep him at the club until 2025.
Reportedly, the surroundings of Ter Stegen are less optimistic about the player’s renewal than the Barça board. Ter Stegen has spectacular offers on the table from multiple European sides, and it won’t be easy to renew his contract.
Two days ago when the goalkeeper was asked whether he would renew with Barcelona, he said: “We’ll see.”. This response was vague enough to worry the fans, but the optimism remains since both parties are willing to renew.
Source: Cadena Ser
Report: Former Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has been arrested
Barcelona has always been a host of controversy in the world of football, but in breaking and shattering news, former president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested owing to his involvement in the BarçaGate scandal. Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer of the club, Oscar Grau, former adviser to the presidency Jaume Masferrer, and head legal counsel Roman Gomez Ponti have also been arrested by the Catalan police.
The BarçaGate scandal occurred during Bartomeu’s time at the club where the administration was suspected of paying PR company I3 ventures to clean up the image of Bartomeu online while disparaging the image of current and former players that played under the infamous president.
Initially, both Barça and I3 had denied the allegations and a report following an audit conducted by PrincewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that the club did not take part in any defamatory campaigns against any individual. The company also found no evidence of financial corruption or money laundering done by the president and his board.
However, it seems the tables have been turned on their head today. The Catalan police arrived at the Camp Nou offices this morning to search for documentation in connection with the BarçaGate investigation. They left the offices half an hour ago and arrived at the house of Josep Bartomeu and arrested him from there.