Arsenal keen on signing Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen


Arsenal keen on signing Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen

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Arsenal have identified Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen as a potential long-term replacement for Petr Cech who turns 36 next year, multiple sources report.

The former Chelsea stopper is undoubtedly one of the world’s best goalkeepers, but it is believed his advancing age has led many to believe that he is past his prime.

While Ter Stegen seems like a good fit for Arsenal, it remains unclear whether Barcelona would want to part ways with their incumbent keeper after losing Claudio Bravo to Manchester City last year. Another stumble in such a deal could be the Gunners' inability to offer Stegen Champions League football at present time and his current release clause of 180 million.

Should Arsenal go for the German in the summer, however, they will also face competition from PSG and Juventus, according to reports.

The Serie A defending champions signed Wojciech Szczesny in this summer, but are believed to rate Ter Stegen higher than the Pole in their bid to find a long-term successor to veteran Gianluigi Buffon, who is retiring at the end of the season. 

Meanwhile PSG want a brand new goalkeeper, following the poor performance of Kevin Trapp and Alphonse Areola and boast the cash resources to make such a deal happen. 

Ter Stegen signed a new contract with the Catalans in May this year to extend his stay until 2022.

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17