Even though his renewal is getting closer, reports state that Marc-André ter Stegen wants to be the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world. This, of course, would be a major obstacle for Barcelona. We know the Catalans don’t exactly have the money to grant his wish but they’ll do their best.
For quite a while now, we’ve known that both parties want this deal to happen. But there was always something in the way and we are still waiting for the official announcement. The latest reports, however, have given us more insight into the matter.
Before the whole coronavirus situations, the German wanted to earn an incredible €24m per year but has now lowered his demands. If the new updates are to be believed, he would indeed accept €18m instead.
Needless to say, that is still a formidable sum. Both parties are still quite optimistic that a deal can be struck but it won’t exactly be easy. Ter Stegen still wants to be the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world and feels he has earned the right to ask for that much.
That sum would also make him the second-highest earner in the team, only behind Lionel Messi. Of course, we have to mention that before the whole outbreak, the German had multiple big suitors chasing him.
Reports indicate both Juventus and Bayern Munich were willing to bet on him but now, that interest has somewhat died down. This is good news for Barcelona but they will still have to splash the cash to keep their no.1 goalie at the club.
€18m on a contract until 2025 is a lot of money, to say the least. But Ter Stegen is certainly the best goalkeeper at Barcelona and a bet for the future.
Is he really worth the money? Only time will tell.
Barcelona coach defends Ousmane Dembélé
Ronald Koeman, when asked about Ousmane Dembélé, has defended his French winger after the Getafe loss. Indeed, the Dutchman took off the Frenchman after Jaume Mata had scored the penalty.
Dembélé lost the ball many times in the game, especially in the first half, but picked it up a bit after the half-hour mark. After 325 days, Dembélé started his first game for Barça since that injury he suffered against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. After a frail start, the Frenchman looked more and more confident before getting subbed off.
Ronald Koeman defended his player by saying that this was his style of play and that he’s working really well towards getting more consistent. The former Everton and Southampton coach also praised the winger’s performance in the second half, admitting he played better and acknowledging his hard work. Koeman isn’t one to lie about his impressions on a player as he criticised his team’s performance by accusing them of not getting the ball to Leo Messi as much as they should.
“He’s training and doing well. He did lose possession a lot against Getafe, but it’s the way he plays. He played better in the second half, and he’s working hard to get minutes.”Ronald Koeman on Ousmane Dembélé in the pre-match press conference
Perhaps this means Dembélé, while not being particularly impressive on Saturday, has a future under Koeman and he might start ahead of the out-of-form Antoine Griezmann on the right. Hopefully, the former Dortmund winger will start against Ferencvaros in the Champions League, a perhaps easier opponent than Getafe away.