Last weekend, we brought you the news from Germany that Arsenal had made an improved bid for Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The claims came from newspaper Bild, who said that despite rumours of a done-deal with Barcelona, the German international could still be on his way to either the Gunners or another interested party in the form of Juventus.
The article generated some interesting debate, with Arsenal fans claiming they were perfectly happy with Wojciech Szczesny or that paying more than £10million for a young ‘keeper was foolish.
But that may no longer matter, with the father of Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois the latest to claim Ter Stegen’s move to the Nou Camp is all but done.
Courtois senior’s quotes have made the news because of his dismissal of the rumours suggesting Barcelona were in for the young Belgian who has excelled since initially joining Atletico Madrid on loan three years ago.
In an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, Thierry Courtois is quoted as saying, “There are only two clubs that are important to him – Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.
“There will be talks in the coming days with Chelsea to discuss the future of Courtois. All they know is that he wants a starting job next season, wherever it is.
“As for FC Barcelona, Courtois is not disappointed because they have gone for Ter Stegen. They were never an option.”
While many have read the quotes – quite understandably – from a Chelsea perspective, few have considered that Courtois senior’s claims that Barcelona have opted for the German ‘keeper means any interest Arsenal maintain in the player is moot.
With Iker Casillas also tipped to remain at Real Madrid after becoming a father, it appears Arsene Wenger will be putting all his faith in Szczesny after all.
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