Barça are trying to tie their first-choice goalkeeper to new terms. And their current deal expires in the summer of 2022. Ter Stegen is ready to devote his future to the club until 2025. But agreement on his final pay package has yet to be reached.
Ter Stegen wants to become the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world football
Marc-Andre ter Stegen wants to become the second-highest earner at Barcelona. Despite agreeing to cut his initial wage requirements of €24 million per year. Barça are trying to tie their first-choice goalkeeper to new terms. And their current deal expires in the summer of 2022. Ter Stegen is ready to devote his future to the club until 2025. But agreement on his final pay package has yet to be reached. The Germany international has agreed to lower his salary expectations amid the financial uncertainty of the Covid-19 crisis. But is still pushing to become the highest-paid keeper in world football. He is willing to accept an annual €18 million. Which would put him behind only six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi in the Barça’s top earners list.
The goalkeeper is focusing all his efforts on returning quickly from a knee surgery
However, the Spanish giants have already exceeded LaLiga personnel spending limits. And cut their budgets amid a continuing lack of supporters. The board is currently split between those who believe Ter Stegen’s renewal should be a priority and members who insist the club cannot afford to offer such a bargain in the current climate. The 28-year-old is confident that Barça will eventually decide to meet his demands and is currently focusing all his efforts on returning quickly from knee surgery. Ter Stegen went under the knife at the start of the preseason after being hampered by this issue throughout the 2019-20 campaign and was replaced by Neto. The Brazilian keeper has so far established himself as a more than capable deputy. He helped Barça pick up seven points from their opening three LaLiga matches.
Ronald Koeman’s squad will reassemble after an international hiatus later this week ahead of a trip to Getafe on Saturday, three days before the Champions League group stage starts. Barça will open their latest bid to European glory with a home fixture against Ferencváros, with Juventus and Dynamo Kiev also drawn in Group G.