Chelsea reportedly table offer for Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Chelsea table offer for Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser are reporting that Chelsea have made a move to sign 28-year-old goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Cadena Ser report that ter Stegen has two offers on the table.

Those offers are said to have come from “major European clubs”.

Reporter Cristobal Chassaigne adds that Chelsea and Bayern Munich are believed to be the clubs chasing ter Stegen.

 

Reasons to doubt the Chelsea – ter Stegen transfer story

The ter Stegen to Chelsea rumour has popped up just when Barcelona are looking to agree a new deal with the German goalie.

Ter Stegen’s current Barcelona contract expires in 2022.

This season, the shot-stopper played 36 times for Barcelona in La Liga. Ter Stegen conceded 36 goals, while keeping 14 clean sheets.

In the Champions League, ter Stegen has 2 clean sheets in 6 matches.

Yet, while ter Stegen has been a key feature for Barcelona in recent years, there are doubts over whether he’ll sign a new deal with the Catalans.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently admitted that ter Stegen may have to take a pay cut to stay with Barca:

He understands what is happening in society and he knows that with the decrease in income at clubs like Barca, he will have to adjust his salary.

All the players are doing it and we are working on that.

Cynics will no doubt argue that links between Chelsea and ter Stegen could be doing the rounds in an effort to force Barcelona to agree a higher salary with the German than they’d otherwise be willing to offer.

 

Chelsea’s Kepa problem

Another reason to doubt the ter Stegen story centres on Chelsea’s current no. 1: Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa was dropped for Chelsea’s final match of the Premier League season against Wolves last weekend.

However, the Londoners spent an enormous 71.6 million pounds on Kepa, while the goalie is under contract until 2025.

Willy Caballero is currently the alternative to Kepa at Stamford Bridge.

While most Chelsea fans may assume that the Blues are keen to sell Kepa this summer, the likelihood of that happening currently feels remote.

Several months ago, ESPN reported that there were no suitors for Kepa. That position doesn’t seem to have changed.

 

Could Chelsea sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid?

Another goalkeeper who has been linked with Chelsea is Jan Oblak.

However, considering Oblak’s release clause at Atletico Madrid, that potential transfer also feels unlikely to happen:

 

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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