With Victor Valdes having announced that he will be leaving Barcelona when his contract expires next summer, it is a good opportunity to look at who Barcelona might choose to replace him. The role at Barcelona requires distribution ability and shot stopping ability. Barcelona’s defence isn’t the best at times and they can be susceptible to allowing shots on goal so he needs excellent reflexes. All attacks start at the back so he needs to be able to pass it accurately and sometimes over distance if the defence is squeezed deep as they were against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final.
Here is a look at some realistic options for Barcelona’s next keeper.
Marc-André ter Stegen – Borussia Mönchengladbach
ter Stegen is just 21 but is rapidly forging himself as reputation as one of the world’s elite young goalkeepers. Watching him is like watching Manuel Neuer, his countryman. Ter Stegen has a prototypical goalkeeper build standing at 6’3? and with a giant arm span which gives him exceptional reach, ideal for shot stopping, particularly from long range or high in the goal. He is a pure athlete and like Neuer is exceptional when coming from his line at speed to close down the angles for opponents. He is a big physical goal keeper who can control his penalty box, something that Barcelona could definitely use to improve their defending of set pieces and crosses. His kicking and distribution is solid but his control of the goal and his box make him potentially special.
Could be a rare goalkeeper who costs more than £10m. Neuer cost £22m with a few more years experience so he could cost £12m.