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Barcelona advance in negotiations with Ter Stegen over contract renewal

A signing Barcelona absolutely have to make.

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It goes without saying that this could indeed be the biggest signing of the window as Barcelona reportedly advance in negotiations with Ter Stegen over his contract renewal.

For quite a long time now, the two parties have been trying to reach an agreement. However, despite the German wanting to stay at the club, this hasn’t been an easy task. Ter Stegen wants to feel valued and just like Lionel Messi, wants a great project.

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Of course, in recent years, Barça haven’t exactly been the most dominant force but the new updates have been positive. It does seem like there has been a breakthrough in the talks.

Miguel Rico reported that Barcelona and Ter Stegen have finally advanced in the negotiations for the new contract. The goalkeeper’s renewal would be set until 2025 and this is indeed what both parties want.

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Needless to say, the German has been a standout performer for many years now and despite not being an official captain, his presence speaks for itself. Now, all that needs to be done is to put the pen to paper and finally seal the deal.

If this really does go through, it could be Barcelona’s biggest victory in the summer transfer window.

Source: Miguel Rico

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Barcelona call up midfielder Matheus Fernandes for the first time

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Barcelona confirmed the signing of Matheus Fernandes from Palmeiras for a fee of €7 million + €3 million in variables on the last day of the January transfer window on a four-year contract, with the release clause set at €300 million. The midfielder would join the Barcelona camp after the end of the 2019/20 season.

This transfer was regarded as a sketchy transfer as he was not touted as good enough for a club of the stature of Barcelona. In fact, the Brazilian was barely able to make it off the bench for Real Valladolid during his time with the club on six-month loan stretching from January to July this year.

During those six month, Matheus made only three appearances, registering a total of 166 minutes with starts against Atletico Madrid and Eibar, and a one-minute cameo against Real Betis. He also suffered a hamstring injury during this tenure, ruling him out for four games.

After his arrival to the Catalan capital, Matheus was not even presented as a Barcelona player unlike the signings of Pedri, Fransisco Trincão, Miralem Pjanic, and Sergino Dest. In fact, Matheus did not even participate in the pre-season friendlies as he was ruled out from a hamstring injury.

News surrounded his departure as early as January, without him even getting a chance to play for the club. However, against all odds, Matheus has been included in the squad that will take on Dynamo Kyiv in gameweek four of the UEFA Champions League. This, in all probability, stems from the exclusion of Sergio Busquets – who is injured, and Frenkie de Jong – who has been rested.

Ronald Koeman has named just four central midfielders for the trip to Ukraine, with Miralem Pjanic guaranteed a spot. However, with the lack of any natural defensive midfielders, Koeman might have to readjust his tactics, and field one of Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña in the centre of the pitch as part of the midfield.

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