Since taking over the managerial reigns at Manchester City earlier this summer, Pep Guardiola has been very active in the transfer window, strengthening his midfield and attacking options with the signings of İlkay Gündoğan, Nolito and Leroy Sane, as well as bolstering his defence with the capture of England defender John Stones this week.
However, it appears the 45-year-old is now looking to add a new goalkeeper to his squad, with The Mirror reporting the Spaniard is set to raid his former club Barcelona for the highly rated Marc-André ter Stegen.
The 24-year-old began his career at his hometown club of Mönchengladbach, making 127 appearances for the Bundesliga club, before completing a €12 million move to Barcelona in the summer of 2014, following the departures of Víctor Valdés and José Manuel Pinto at the Nou Camp.
Since making the move to La Liga the highly regarded German, capped six times, has only made 47 appearances for the Spanish Champions, with only seven of those coming in La Liga.
Having been primarily utilised as Barcelona’s Cup and Champions League matches goalkeeper, earlier this year the German highlighted his disappointment at the rotation policy on display at Barcelona, and the German hinted at the possibility of a Nou Camp exit, telling FourFourTwo:
“In the long run, these 25 games per season are not enough for me. The decision is made by the coach. I hope that the quality I’ve shown recently is rewarded.”
With Ter Stegen keen to start achieving regular first team football in an attempt to boost his international prospects, it’s thought the 24-year-old could be open to a move to the Etihad.
Should he join Guardiola’s Etihad project, it will no doubt spell the end of Joe Hart’s decade long career at Manchester City.
Further to this, the Express have reported that Guardiola is set to drop Hart for Saturday evening’s Premier League opener against Sunderland. Backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero is now set to start against the Black Cats as the manager weighs up his options before the end of the window.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena