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Xavi no longer trusts Ter Stegen: Barcelona found two arches to replace him

The Barcelona Soccer Club suffered a defeat to Bayern Munich (3-0) and was left out of the Champions League just in the group stage. The elimination left an open wound in the hearts of the fans and much disappointment on the side of Xavi Hernandez. Already with a cool head, and after a careful analysis, the technical director of the Barcelona team found Marc-André Ter Stegen as one of the responsible for the negative result. At least this season, the German has ceased to be a solid wall to become a wall of mud that at Allianz Arena fell to pieces with each goal from the Bavarians.

Along these lines, according to the Spanish portal Don Balon, Xavi would not make dramas if the Teutonic goalkeeper leaves at the end of the season. Although he has a contract until 2025, neither the Spanish coach nor the noble zone of the Camp Nou would agree to see him for another year at such a low level. That is why they are already looking for a replacement.

“Joan Laporta, who has been witnessing this decline for longer than Xavi, is willing to take measures to try to remedy the problems in the goal and, given that currently the dressing room does not have an alternative of guarantees to be able to do so (Neto Murara has not left convincing credentials in his appearances), he has two names on the table to give the 29-year-old German goalkeeper the final kick next summer ”, publishes the cited source.

According to Don Balon, the possible replacements that the president Joan Laporta found in the market are nothing less than André Onana and Dean Henderson. It is about two footballers who would not represent a great expense for the ailing economy of the Barcelona club.

The 25-year-old Cameroonian goalkeeper, trained in the Barcelona quarry, has a contract with him Ajax until mid-2022. And before the intention of not renewing, he would arrive free to stand under the three sticks that the German Ter Stegen defends so far.

Dean Henderson, meanwhile, ends contract with him Manchester United in three and a half years. However, the few minutes he has received from Solksjaer and the indisputability of David de Gea in the goal could push him to seek new airs for his career. According to Transfermarkt, it is valued at 22 million euros.

Henderson and Onana, in the sights of Barcelona.

Get rid of Ter Stegen

The top management of Barcelona estimate that they could get up to 50 million euros from the sale of the German goalkeeper. Fortunately, in the transfer market there are people interested in Ter Stegen’s services. The best positioned is Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga champion wants the Mönchengladbach-born to be Neuer’s replacement on his goal. It will be on the porch of the German national team after the 2022 World Cup and at Allianz Arena they want the same to happen at the club level.

It should be remembered that Marc-André Ter Stegen arrived at Barcelona in mid-2014 from Borussia Mönchengladbach for 20 million euros. He started as a substitute for Chilean Claudio Bravo and over the years he got the job. Although the story could take a 180 ° turn next year.

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