Barcelona are reluctant to let go of their backup goalkeeper and Germany international Marc-Andre ter Stegen unless Manchester City decides to cough up the player’s release clause of $89 million. This has left club No. 1 Claudio Bravo threatened for his place and the goalkeeper wants to leave the Camp Nou unless assured for regular first-team football.
The Catalan giants have the same stance for the both the players should they decide to leave the club. Any club willing to cash-in on either of the goalkeepers will have to meet their release clauses. 33-year-old Bravo has a release clause of $45 million on his contract, as reported by SPORT.
Ter Stegen, who is chased by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been Barcelona’s cup goalkeeper. The German features in the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League for the Spanish champions. Bravo on the other hand is the first choice goalkeeper in La Liga.
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Manchester City however is not willing to pay such a huge amount for a goalkeeper, who is yet to reach his full potential. The same scenario could be stated for Bravo, who given is age will not interest other clubs based on his huge release clause.
This is an interesting situation for Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, who will not be able to satisfy the needs of both the goalkeepers at the club. Although the alternating tactics may have worked for the last two seasons, it seems unlikely that the same will work in 2016/17.
Ter Stegen looks more likely to be featured as the Barcelona No. 1 in this scenario as he is an option for the longer term, given his age. It is now to be seen how the La Liga champions deal with the present situation.