PSG propose like-for-like player exchange for 29-year-old Barcelona superstar | OneFootball
PSG propose like-for-like player exchange for 29-year-old Barcelona superstar
One of the most criticised Barcelona players in recent times has undoubtedly been Marc-Andre ter Stegen. For reasons both justified and unjustified, the German goalkeeper has come under pressure for his dip in form.
According to El Nacional, an interesting proposition has popped up in the Barcelona offices to handle the shot-stopper’s situation.
Mino Raiola is said to be suggesting a swap deal between PSG and Barcelona involving the goalkeepers. The deal would involve Gianluigi Donnarumma arriving at Camp Nou while ter Stegen shifts to Parc des Princes.
Donnarumma signed for PSG on a free transfer in the summer window. The former AC Milan man expected to be a default starter at his new club but has faced stiff competition from Keylor Navas. He has only started nine games for Pochettino’s side, though, with Navas getting the nod on 12 occasions.
The young goalkeeper had been linked with a move to Barcelona in May. However, the large signing bonus and agent fee involved derailed the operation. That move could become a reality if the swap deal proceeds.
At Barcelona, ter Stegen has been on a constant decline over the past year. His worrying performances have cost the club on many occasions, with many goals conceded in the dying minutes of games.
That said, the arrival of the European Championship winner would not only give Barcelona fresh legs in goal but also a guaranteed starter for the next decade. Moreover, the signing of the Mino Raiola client could help their case with their dream of signing Erling Haaland.
Xavi Hernandez has backed Barcelona’s German goalkeeper on many occasions. Most recently, he reiterated his trust in ter Stegen, saying:
“For us, ter Stegen is fundamental. His commitment, dedication and professionalism is extraordinary. With ter Stegen there is no debate because for me he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”
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