An update has emerged regarding Newcastle’s interest in Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
According to Spanish outlet El Nacional, the Magpies are eyeing up a potential £47m swoop for the Germany international ahead of the January transfer window.
Eddie Howe is reportedly set to become the new manager at St James’ Park and Ter Stegen could be his first signing on Tyneside, with Newcastle ready to test Barcelona’s resolve.
Howe could seal an instant masterclass with Newcastle by convincing Ter Stegen to make the switch to the Premier League from Camp Nou. The 29-year-old has established himself as an impressive performer at the highest level for many years and could provide a major lift to the Magpies’ squad in January.
He has played 291 games for Barcelona since moving from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014, which firstly shows that he has been good enough to play regularly for a big European club year after year. Secondly, his statistics for the Spanish giants illustrate that he has been superb for them, with a whopping 118 clean sheets in all competitions and only 287 goals conceded.
Real Madrid’s German midfielder Toni Kroos once lauded his compatriot as ‘perfect’ and hailed the goalkeeper’s ability to go through games without making mistakes.
He said: “I like Ter Stegen a lot. Marc is one of the best in the world and without doubt he is the perfect keeper… for Barcelona.
“The best thing about Ter Stegen is that he makes very few mistakes. He’s perfect for Barca because he starts moves from the back and there aren’t many keepers who can do that.”
Along with his eye-catching statistics and Kroos’ high praise, Ter Stegen has also collected an enviable trophy haul for his club, with one Champions League crown, five Spanish Cups and four La Liga titles.
Therefore, the £141k-per-week titan is a proven performer and winner at the top level of the game. This means that he could be a sensational signing for Newcastle, bringing a winning-mentality to St James’ Park and helping to lift others around him, which is why signing him could be a masterclass from Howe if the 43-year-old is appointed as Steve Bruce’s successor.
It is now down to PIF and Howe to ensure that they are able to get a deal over the line for the German ‘kepper. His pedigree suggests that it could be a sublime piece of business, but they will need to convince Barcelona and Ter Stegen to make it happen.