3 Jan 2016

Yes Please: Liverpool can sign 'spectacular' Barcelona star for £20m. Talks already held with LFC 'leadership'

In November, Spanish newspaper Sport claimed that Barcelona outcast Marc-Andre ter Stegen is Jurgen Klopp's top choice to replace Simon Mignolet, and new reports today suggest that Barca and Liverpool are currently poles apart in their valuation of the player.

According to The Mirror today:

"Klopp has identified ter Stegen as a potential target this month [and] Liverpool are prepared to offer £12million. Barca feel he's worth £20m".

Transfer Timeline:

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

Oct 2015: 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.

Nov 2015: Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato reported that Klopp 'discussed' a possible ter Stegen transfer with Liverpool's 'leadership'.

Nov 2015: Don Balon added: "Klopp wants Liverpool to sign ter Stegen on loan for two years, with an option to purchase".

ter Stegen continues to play second-fiddle to Claudio Bravo, and looking at his stats for Barca this season, it's easy to see why:

* 19 goals conceded in 12 games (1 every 58 mins).

* 2 clean sheets (16% of games)

Overall, though, ter Stegen's primary stats for Barcelona are very good:

* Barca total: 35 goals conceded in 33 games (1 every 85 mins)

* 12 clean sheets (36% of games/1 every 250 minus).

ter Stegen is struggling this season, but he's in and out of the team (unused sub in 9 of the last 11 Barca games), and his unhappiness may be bleeding into his confidence and/or performances. Luis Enrique seems satisfied, though, and after Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen in December, he raved:

"Marc was spectacular, really solid and he gave the appearance of dominating the goal area. The performance reinforces him".

In my view, £12m for ter Stegen is a massive bargain, but £20m is also a fair price, especially for 'keeper who could potentially be Liverpool's number-one for the next ten years.

Worth a bid, or is Timo Horn a better option?

Author: Jaimie K


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