Barcelona are ready to tie Marc-Andre ter Stegen's long-term future to the Nou Camp amid the expected departure of Claudio Bravo to Manchester City, according to Sport. The Spanish publication says the Catalan giants are set to hand the German stopper a lucrative pay rise after Luis Enrique named him the club's undisputed number one for the 2016-17 campaign.
The Catalans signed Ter Stegen and Bravo in the summer of 2014 to fill the gaps left by the departures of Victor Valdes and Jose Manuel Pinto. In the two subsequent campaigns Luis Enrique has adopted a rotation policy, with the German being number one for the Champions League and Copa del Rey while the Chilean is preferred for La Liga duty.
However towards the end of last season Ter Stegen suggested that, having already turned 24, he was not ready to share the spotlight for a third consecutive year. His future at Barcelona came under further scrutiny in April when The Telegraph reported he was set for a switch to Manchester City after being earmarked as a top priority for incoming manager Pep Guardiola.
That speculation increased earlier this month when Ter Stegen was spotted with his agent in a meeting with Barcelona officials. Sport reported at the time that the German had received a big-money offer from City and was seeking assurances over an increased role at the Nou Camp were he to stay.
Concurrent reports claimed that Bravo had sent a similar ultimatum to Barca chiefs, with Guardiola also monitoring that situation as the Chilean can play the game forward with his feet.
Luis Enrique was faced with a major dilemma, one that appeared over last weekend when club technical secretary Robert Fernandez admitted Bravo was set for the Etihad Stadium. The Chilean arrived in Manchester on Tuesday and a deal is expected to be confirmed in the coming hours.
Barcelona valued both keepers highly but, with Bravo already 33-years-old, it made more sense for the club to put its faith in the future in the German.
Sport claims Barcelona are ready to make a concrete display of that faith by offering Ter Stegen a lucrative new deal that extends his contract to 2021.
Barcelona are expected to complete the signing of Jasper Cillessen from Ajax before the end of the transfer window, but the Dutchman is expected to operate as a more traditional back-up option.