Barca reportedly land €12m German goalkeeper, pursuit of Chelsea's Courtois unlikely

The Catalan powerhouses are believed to have agreed a five-year deal to sign Marc-Andre ter Stegen, according to Cadena Ser.

It has been a good January transfer window for Chelsea, who landed Mohamed Salah, Nemanja Matic and Kurt Zouma over the course of the month.

However, another piece of potentially excellent news for Jose Mourinho’s men seems to be coming out of Spain.

It is believed that Barcelona have agreed to sign highly rated German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Borussia Monchengladbach, reports Cadena Ser.

The stopper is said to be ready to make a switch to Camp Nou in the summer, with a €12 million fee and five-year contract thought to be in place.

This will be music to Chelsea fans’ ears, as they continue to stress over the potential for losing Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgium international is on loan at Atletico Madrid for the third consecutive season, and has proven himself as one of the most able and promising young goalkeepers in Europe.

However, after spending such a long time away from Stamford Bridge, there are fears that the ex-Genk stopper is becoming disengaged from Chelsea and would prefer to stay in Spain.

Should Barcelona, who are losing Victor Valdes in the summer, launch a bid for Courtois, the west London side would be under pressure to allow the goalkeeper to leave.

However, should Ter Stegen move to the Spanish champions instead it would take on major suitor away from Courtois’ attentions.

One way or the other, Mourinho has a decision to make in the summer over whether to bring Courtois back to London or persist with the more experienced Petr Cech.

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