Target Keeper ‘Staying’ In Germany
Barcelona’s search for a new keeper looks set to become a little more complicated following comments made by Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberle. Barca have been linked with the German side’s under-21 keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as a possible replacement for Victor Valdes but Eberle played down the prospect when he told Sky Deutschland that there was little chance of Ter Stegen leaving the Bundesliga side.
“Ter Stegen has said in various media that he will stay in Moenchengladbach so I do not add any more,” Eberl said.
Ter Stegen, 21, was thought to be the ideal candidate for Barca and would be recruited this summer ahead of a ‘soft’ introduction to the first team. Current keeper Victor Valdes announced last week that he would remain at the Nou Camp until his contract expires next summer.
Barca Linked With Porto Defender
Eliaquim Mangala is the latest centre-back to be linked with Barcelona. The Catalan media are talking up the Porto defender’s chances of a move to the Nou Camp with Sport newspaper claiming he could move for as little as 20million euro.
Mangala has been linked with interest from the Premier League with both Chelsea and Manchester United having watched him over the past season, but the main sticking point is his release clause. Whatever Sport says, Porto are demanding 50million euro for the 22-year-old despite only having signed him for 6.5million from Belgian side Standard Liege two seasons ago. Porto president Pinto da Costa put a 50milion euro release clause in Mangala’s contract when he signed him in 2011 and it is the value of that clause that has stalled interest from London and Manchester.
Da Costa has a habit of sticking rigidly to a release clause and recently sold Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez to Monaco for a combined fee of 70million – that being the value of the two players’ release clauses.