Marc ter Stegen's renewal seems on track but it's not been straight forward. Barcelona were always clear they wanted him to extend but were also aware of interest from some of Europe's top clubs.
Sources close to the negotiations assure that Ter Stegen's people never talked with other clubs and that his behaviour, despite the difference over money, has been professional and gentlemanly.
The conviction now is clear: 'He will renew because he's one of us,' is the message coming from Barça, where they are aware of the interest in the German stopper from Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
Ter Stegen's current terms expire in 2021 and that date is circled in red by Europe's biggest clubs, especially as Barça struggled to reach an agreement over a new deal.
Bayern sounded him out, but then renewed Neuer's deal. Juventus also asked the question, although it's false that Ter Stegen's agent met with the Italian club. The relationship between the two clubs is good enough to know that there was never a meeting and Juve ruled out the signing.
The Premier League was seen as the biggest threat. Chelsea wanted Ter Stegen to replace 90 million euros signing Kepa, but the German never listened to them. City, meanwhile, tried two years ago before landing Claudio Bravo.
The only disagreement between Barça and Ter Stegen is over economics. But he knows he will have to adjust his demands after the coronavirus pandemic. An agreement is close. There were nerves, but Barça are confident now.