The Catalans complete the long pursuit of Gladbach’s ter Stegen.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has finally completed his long anticipated transfer to Barcelona from Borussia Monchengladbach for an undisclosed fee.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) May 19, 2014
The Germany international signs for the Catalans on a five-year deal and is expected to take up the No.1 position between the posts from the departing Victor Valdes.
Valdes revealed earlier in the season that he would be leaving the Nou Camp when his current contract expires this summer and is expected to be followed out of the club by fellow stopper Jose Pinto – who’s deal also expires at the end of the month.
It was previously thought that the move would fall through as a 14-month ban was imposed on the Catalans for breaching the rules surrounding the signing of international players under the age of 18, but that is now on hold pending appeal from the club.
Barca have been keeping tabs on ter Stegen for some time as the 22-year-old impressed with Gladbach in the Bundesliga, playing all 34 of their league matches in 2013/14 and helping to guide them to an Europa League spot for next term.
The ‘keeper progressed from the club’s youth academy in 2010 and much to many peoples’ surprise was not included in Joachim Loew’s Germany squad for the 2014 World Cup, despite having earned four caps for the nation to date.