Approach made: Chelsea tried to persuade Barcelona star to snub new deal for Blues transfer

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Chelsea reportedly tried to persuade Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen not to sign a new contract at the Nou Camp this summer in an attempt to lure him to Stamford Bridge.

The Germany international is one of the finest shot-stoppers in the game and could no doubt have been a tremendous signing for Chelsea as they looked for an upgrade on under-performing star Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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In the end, the Blues signed Edouard Mendy from Rennes, but the print edition of Mundo Deportivo, with translation from Sport Witness, reports that Ter Stegen was also a target of theirs.

It’s claimed in the report that Chelsea approached Ter Stegen about rejecting Barca’s talks over a new deal, though they and a few other top clubs were not successful in luring him away on this occasion.

The 28-year-old still hasn’t officially put pen to paper on a new contract with the Catalan giants, so it will be interesting to see how this saga develops in the near future.

Chelsea, however, are surely done in terms of pursuing a new ‘keeper, as long as Mendy can show himself to be enough of an improvement on Kepa.

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