Barcelona have decided they won’t let Marc-Andre ter Stegen leave the Nou Camp amid transfer interest from Chelsea, reports say. The Blues are keen to sign the Germany international as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga. But it appears Frank Lampard is fighting a losing battle in west London.
Chelsea boss Lampard wants a new No 1, with Kepa blowing hot and cold ever since his arrival from La Liga side Athletic Bilbao back in the summer transfer window of 2018.
But Mundo Deportivo say that, when it comes to Ter Stegen, the Blues are fighting a losing battle.
The Germany international is said to be the Blues’ ‘impossible dream’. They believe that the shot-stopper, who has impressed this season, would be the ideal replacement for Kepa.
Yet Barcelona have no interest in letting the 28-year-old depart and want to tie him down to a new contract.
Ter Stegen kept 14 clean sheets from 36 league matches as Barcelona finished second to Real Madrid in the Spanish top flight.
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And with the German being one of their best players this season, they’re determined to keep hold of him.
The goalkeeper’s contract at the club expires in 2022, with Barcelona yet to tie him down to an extension.
But that’s now a priority for the Catalan giants as they seek to win back their league title from fierce rivals Real next time out.
The report adds that, with Chelsea unlikely to land Ter Stegen, they’re eyeing Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
But signing the Slovenia international won’t be easy, with Atletico determined to get a fee of £110million if they’re forced to let go of their star asset.
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Meanwhile, regarding Ter Stegen, Barcelona legend Rivaldo recently urged his old side to do everything in their power to ensure the goalkeeper stays put.
“Barcelona are negotiating a contract renewal with the goalkeeper Ter Stegen, and I agree that he deserves an improved salary for all he has been doing for the club in the last few years,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
“Of course, much will depend on the player’s demands as I don’t believe either that he should earn a similar salary to [Luis] Suárez or [Lionel] Messi, but he should become one of the better paid members of the squad.
“He transmits safety and a team is built from the back.
“He knows how to play with his feet, has already saved the team many times and he’s clearly deserving of a better income.”
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As well as a new goalkeeper, Chelsea also want to strengthen in defence and midfield as they seek to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.
At the back they’re eyeing Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, despite the Foxes wanting a huge £60m to let their star asset go.
And, in attack, Chelsea are reportedly closing in on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.
Chelsea have also been linked with Declan Rice, of West Ham, but who they end up with is something only time will tell.
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