Barcelona fans have been able to breathe more freely when it comes to goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen's renewal. The two sides were apart and it seemed tense but lately they have been on the same page. Right now Ter Stegen is recovering from injury after an operation on his knee, but he is likely to stay with Barcelona for the future.
Both sides want to get something signed in the short term, and now Ter Stegen's renewal is the next priority after the Lionel Messi soap opera appears to be over for now. He wants a substantial raise and to stay at the club. But Barcelona have a handicap.
Their delicate economic state means they want to lower the salary base across the club, not raise it. So they have reached a pre-agreement with Ter Stegen that will see his salary raised on an escalating scale. His wage rise will be less than he wanted, but that will be fixed in the two seasons after the next, with the idea of him signing on until 2024. He will accept this rare style of contract.