Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed highly-rated goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will leave the club at the end of the season.
Ter Stegen, 21, is expected to leave the Stadion im Borussia-Park in favour of the Camp Nou, where he will replace long-time Calatan shot-stopper Victor Valdes.
Upon confirming the exit of the Germany international, Eberl revealed that FC Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer will official join the club on a five-year deal in the summer.
“After Marc-Andre ter Stegen informed us that he definitely wants to leave at end of season, we have now reached an agreement with his new club on the transfer arrangements. He will move abroad,” Eberl told the club’s official website, www.borussia.de.
“His successor in goal for Borussia will be Yann Sommer.
“He is an excellent goalkeeper who has already gained a lot of international experience and we are delighted that he has chosen us.”
Sommer, a Swiss international, has featured in eight European games for Basel this term — six in the UEFA Champions League and two in the UEFA Europa League.
The 25-year-old native of Morges last played for Switzerland — priced at 125/1 to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil — on 15 October 2013, keeping a clean sheet in the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at the Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf.
Kroos’ future still undecided, EPL ‘an option’
Bayern Munich ace Toni Kroos has — once again — caused a media frenzy after revealing a summer move to the English Premier League is a possibility.
The Germany international, 24, is reportedly wanted by Manchester United and rightfully so, with the bookmakers back the Reds at 4/1 to land the midfielder in the summer.
A move to Old Trafford would give United a much-needed creative playmaker in central midfield, while trebling Kroos’ wages, according to reports.
In other words, it would be a win-win for both Kroos and United, with Bayern getting the short end of the stick.
“Nothing has been decided about my future,” said Kroos. “It’s no secret the Premier League is an option for me.
“No one has come to any agreement and it will stay like this until the summer.
“I think that anything is possible for me if I leave. I have to think about this for myself, and make the right decision.
“I’ve heard that people have written that I might go to England. But there’s nothing new from my point of view.
“The situation is that I don’t have any agreement right at the moment [at Bayern]. On the other side there is no agreement in place anywhere.”
Kroos has tallied one goal and four assists in 22 Bundesliga appearances for the European champions in 2013/14.