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Barcelona reach agreement to sign 28-year-old goalkeeper tipped to compete with Ter Stegen for starting role: Reports

Barca coach Xavi Hernandez and goalkeeper Ter Stegen
Barca coach Xavi Hernandez and goalkeeper Ter Stegen
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Spanish club Barcelona have reportedly agreed terms with Rayo Vallecano to bring goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski to the club. The deal is reportedly in its last phase and the arrival of Dimitrievski at Camp Nou could be finalized in the winter transfer window itself. The 28-year-old goalkeeper has been a consistent performer for Rayo.

The Catalan club are desperately looking for a rival and future replacement for their mainstay, German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

According to Epika, as reported by @forcabarca_ar Stole Dimitrievski has reached an agreement with Barcelona. He’s the goalkeeper for Rayo Vallecano. Tops the La Liga rankings with the most saves this season. Ter Stegen competition. Better imo. Neto will leave. https://t.co/p2ZJHdKbKU

Blaugrana have been struggling to stop goals and Ter Stegen's declining standards have started worrying the new coach, Xavi Hernandez. Second-choice goalkeeper Neto is also reported to be leaving the club in the January transfer window.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has been unhappy at Camp Nou after failing to find enough game time in La Liga. Neto has only started 11 La Liga games since his arrival at Camp Nou from Valencia in 2019.

Brazilian goalkeeper Neto has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club and requested they take Flamengo up on their offer to sign the 32-year-old during the winter transfer window. #BarcelonaSC #Flamengo #Transfers #TransferNews #Trending https://t.co/NqTY2AYeg4

A report from El Nacional has revealed that Newcastle United and Juventus are interested in signing ter Stegen if the player leaves the Catalan club.

Newcastle are looking to restructure their entire team after a change in ownership backed by deep financial pockets. Juventus are also looking to replace Wojciech Szczesny as they continue to struggle in Serie A this year.

Barca, who failed to qualify for the next round of the Champions League this season, have given Xavi the responsibility of restructuring the club after the departure of Lionel Messi to PSG.


Barcelona prepare for a deal to sign Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez

Xavi Hernandez is preparing a deal to sign Ajax and Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez in the summer transfer window later this year. He believes the Argentine could fit into the team's new defensive setup as the club ready plans for a complete overhaul. The 23-year-old has been a key player for Erik Ten Hag at Ajax.

The youngster is being viewed by the Blaugrana board members as a long-term prospect and is keen to bring the player to the Camp Nou as soon as possible. Martinez has made 107 appearances since his arrival at Ajax in 2019 and has represented his national team in four games.


Edited by S Chowdhury
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