13 Nov 2015

Liverpool Stunner: Klopp pushing FSG to sign 'extraordinary' €80m Barcelona star. Talks held with LFC's 'leadership'

Last week, Spanish newspaper Sport claimed that Barcelona star Marc-Andre ter Stegen is Jurgen Klopp's top choice to replace Simon Mignolet, and new reports today claim that Liverpool are close to holding official talks over a potential transfer.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato:

* Klopp wants ter Stegen, and he has discussed the 23-year old with Liverpool's 'leadership'.

* Klopp is 'convincing Liverpool' to start negotiations with Barcelona.

Spanish sports magazine Don Balon adds:

"Klopp does not rate the goalkeepers in his squad and he wants Liverpool to sign ter Stegen on loan for two years, with an option to purchase".

The story so far (Most recent links):

Jan 2015: Sky Sports claimed: "Liverpool are planning an audacious swoop for ter Stegen [who] is currently behind Claudio Bravo in the Nou Camp pecking order"

Feb 2015: The Independent reported: "Liverpool are hoping to sign up-and-coming talent Mark Andre ter Stegen."

Oct 2015: According to Spanish newspaper Sport claimed that Klopp is 'not convinced' by Mignolet, and wants to bring in ter Stegen as the club's number-one goalkeeper.

ter Stegen - recently hailed as 'extraordinary' by former Bayern boss Jupp Heynkes - continues to play second-fiddle to Claudio Bravo, and looking at his stats for Barca, it's easy to see why:

* 17 goals conceded in 10 games (1 every 54 mins).

* 2 clean sheets (20% of games)

* Barca total: 33 goals conceded in 31 games (1 every 85 mins)

* 12 clean sheets (39% of games).

* Unused sub for 6 of the last 8 Barcelona games.

ter Stegen also has a prohibitive €80m buyout clause in his contract, so a loan deal is cleary the best option. That said, according to the Daily Express:

"Liverpool [are] to beat Man Utd to [the signing of] Marc-Andre ter Stegen by triggering £56m [€80m] release clause".

Be serious (!) Unless it's Manuel Neuer, there's absolutely no way (IMO) that Liverpool will pay anything close to €80m for a goalkeeper, especially where there are other non-extortionate options out there (Timo Horn, for example).

Author: Jaimie K


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