Barcelona are expected to release a host of unwanted stars in the summer exchange window. But although players like Clement Lenglet may be traded, a report from Diario AS has come up with a list of players who have been given a “non-transferable” mark.
The list is headed by Pedri, Pablo Gavi, Ronald Araujo, and Ansu Fati. But another prominent player on the list is Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The report suggests that the German midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona despite playing inconsistently over the past few years. In fact, Xavi regarded him as “the best goalkeeper in the world”.
It is an important report in view of the fact that many expected ter Stegen to be released soon due to his recklessness over the years.
After a promising start of his life in Catalonia, the German has been able to withstand a steady decline, and his saving percentage has taken a steady decline since the 2017/18 campaign.
In many ways, this is ter Stegen’s worst season in Barcelona – appearances in at least ten league games. The German savings percentage in this term stands at 71.2%, which is very low by his high standards and exceeds the league average.
But that did not deter Xavi, who is highly regarded for his ability in football. The Barcelona coach is looking at the old Gladbach stopper in the world when it comes to controlling the ball and spreading it back.
It is an important factor in setting Xavi’s strategy. Thus, the Spaniard is unwilling to release a goalkeeper in the near future. Ter Stegen’s current contract at Camp Nou does not expire until 2025, so it looks like the German could end his career at the club.
Barcelona, however, will make one change in the goalkeeping department. With Neto about to leave the team, Inaki Pena could return to the fold, who could serve as ter Stegen’s student from next season onwards.