Bad news from Milan for Chelsea?

Thibaut Coutois

AC Milan are now said to be rivaling Barcelona for Marc Andre ter Stegen - leaving Thibaut Courtois in the crosshairs for Barca.

The other day, and not for the first time, it was heavily rumoured that Barcelona had agreed a deal in principle to sign German youngster Marc Andre ter Stegen - as the replacement goalkeeper for the departing Victor Valdes.

That’s that then, signed sealed delivered right?

Wrong.

Today it is a deal being denied by the players club Borussia Monchengladbach, by the sporting director at the club that reportedly wants him Andoni Zubizarreta and now, even by the player himself:

"I don't know, right now I'm focused on Borussia, which is the most important thing for me. I owe this club, which I've followed since I was little and this now is the main thing. It's nice to hear that interest exists, but that's all I can say at the minute. I'm happy to be in Monchengladbach and we'll see what happens.’’

Now clearly that does not rule anything out for the future - but right now no deal seems to be in place.

Good news for Chelsea from Barcelona?

Which is bad news for Chelsea fans.

Because it is generally believed that Barcelona also hold a vested interest in Thibaut Courtois, the long-term Atletico Madrid loanee destined to be the long-term successor to Petr Cech.

With the German keeper now playing it cool, Barcelona must consider other options - including Chelsea’s magnificent Belgian stopper.

But here comes more bad news from Milan, as AC want to sign him, according to German reports today. 

Ter Stegen is the perfect back-up to the Rossoneri’s ambitious bid to sign Iker Casillas from Real Madrid - and with Marco Amelia the current number one at the San Siro a high class replacement is needed.

It is even reported that Milan are ready to pay the €12 million Gladbach want up front for the player, giving them an advantage over the reported instalment plan offered by the Catalans.

With all this going on Barcelona might just need to refocus their efforts for replacing Valdes elsewhere, and who better than the best keeper in La Liga last season - Courtois.

But to lighten things up, it is also reported today that Barca are settling for Liverpool man Pepe Reina if a deal doesn’t go through for the German.

Expect there to be plenty more twists and turns as Barcelona struggle to replace the man who has kept goal for them for over a decade.

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