Barcelona did have a shortage of funds during the transfer window but they were the top spender in the La Liga accomplishing 7 signings. The Catalan club has tried to rediscover the market as Ronald Koeman reconstructed the squad in a way.
However, he missed out on two of his main transfer targets, Lyon’s Memphis Depay and Manchester City defender Eric Garcia. Depay is hopeful that Barcelona may come calling again during the January transfer break. Also, Eric Garcia will have his contract run out at the end of the current season and Barca can sign their former academy player for free.
Ter Stegen about to renew his contract for Barcelona
Barcelona is currently trying to negotiate the contracts with their current squad to regulate their budget. The club has laid out a new offer to their first team goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen to keep at Camp Nou till 2025. It seems the representatives are having some unexpected situation in the midst of the talks as the German International has agreed to reduce his wages due to coronavirus. But the player is still demanding to become the second-highest earner at Barcelona just behind club captain and 6-time Balon D’or winner Lionel Messi.
Financial problems making it hard to finalize the terms
Ter Stegen’s current contract runs down upto 2022 which grants him 24 million euros per year. He is considering reducing his earnings but not less than 18 million euros per year and committing his future to Barcelona till 2025. If the 28-year-old agrees to the deal with the club wanting to spend, he will become the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world. The situation is problematic because the Catalan outfit has surpassed the staff’s cost limit in La Liga due to their significant fall in the budget, as per Goal.
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The board members are considering to go ahead with the contract renewal with some opposition. They have not resolved the situation as a whole but Ter Stegen has decided to stay in Barcelona no matter what. This gives a sigh of relief to the club members as the German shot-stopper has been magnificent for the club saving them in tough situations. He has made a quick return to club football after successfully recovering from his knee injury. Neto stepped in his position when he was sidelined due to injury but he may feature against Getafe at the end of the International break.