Marc ter Stegen's contract renewal with Barcelona is taking shape. After weeks of doubts, in which the German goalkeeper but the squeeze on the club economically, it seems talks are now advancing well.
Barça want to tie down the extension with his current terms up in 2022. They want the new deal to run until 2025 with an improved contract making him one of the highest-paid players at Camp Nou.
Renewing Ter Stegen is an absolute priority and negotiations have been ongoing since December, although the two parties have been some way from an agreement. Talks stopped when the coronavirus hit Spain.
Barça have made him see that the conditions can't be the same as he wanted, as the world of football is going to suffer huge financial consequences due to the pandemic.
Ter Stegen's always wanted to renew despite interest from elsewhere. Barça did not fear an immediate departure with his release clause at 180 million euros, but there was a danger in 2021 if he moved into the final 12 months of his deal.
The goalkeeper never spoke with any club not called Barça because his intention was to stay. He's happy at the club and in the city.
In the latest talks, postures have moved closer. Ter Stegen understands the difficult moment and is ready to accept an a slight improvement on his current terms until 2025, but not as much as he'd hoped for before the pandemic.
Barça are optimistic that the deal will be agreed upon. There are more meetings next week when the terms could start to take shape, hopefully before LaLiga returns.