After weeks of doubts, the renewal of the contract with Barcelona for Marc ter Stegen is finally taking shape.
Renewing Ter Stegen is an absolute priority, and negotiations have been going on since December, despite the fact that the two parties were some way out of an agreement. Talks stopped when Spain was hit by the coronavirus crisis.
The German goalkeeper squeezed the club economically over the last few weeks. But the talks now seem to be progressing well, Catalan Sport reports.
Barça wants to tie the extension up in 2022, with its current terms. They want the new deal to run until 2025 with an improved contract making him one of Camp Nou’s highest-paying players.
Despite interest from elsewhere Ter Stegen’s always wanted to renew his contract. The goalkeeper never spoke to any club that didn’t call Barça because he intended to stay. He is happy both at the club and in the town.
With his release clause at 180 million euros, Barça did not fear an immediate departure, but there was a danger in 2021 if he moved into the final 12 months of his deal.
Barça has since convinced him that the conditions cannot be the same as he wanted, as the football world is going to suffer enormous financial consequences because of the pandemic.
Postures have thus moved closer in the latest talks. Ter Stegen understands that these are difficult times. He is willing to accept less, with just a slight improvement on his current terms, but not as much as he had hoped before the pandemic.
Barça is optimistic they will agree on the deal. Next week there are more meetings where the terms could begin to take shape, hopefully before LaLiga comes back.