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Reports: Barcelona goalkeeper situation complicated after board meetings with Bravo and Ter Stegen

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Both want to start, and both might leave

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When you have great squad depth in a football team, sometimes there's problems. And if the latest reports are accurate, Barcelona's goalkeeper situation is going through problems.

According to reports from Catalan radio, the agents of both Marc-André ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo requested meetings with members of the Barcelona board regarding their status in the first team. Both players want to start in goal in La Liga and the Champions League next season.

Ter Stegen especially is the keeper most bothered by the situation. He has been the man between the posts in Cup games, and after two years in that position, the young German wants the permanent starting spot in league matches as well. Bravo is aware of the situation, and he won't sit on the bench while Stegen takes over the gloves the entire season.

The situation is clear: both players want to start, and both will leave if the other is the starter. Ter Stegen's agent met with the board, and while he didn't make any demands, he did mention the interest from Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, who are prepared to pay over €50 million to sign the 24-year-old. At the moment, Barça won't sell unless any club is ready to activate Stegen's €80 million buyout clause, but if the player isn't the starter by the season's start, he could force a move to England.

Bravo has a lower buyout clause (€40 million), but could force a move out and leave for less as well. Bravo and Stegen are not willing to go through a third season in the current setup, and Luis Enrique must make a definitive decision in regards to his number one keeper.

As soon as that decision is made, and it must be made this summer, the "loser" of the battle will leave Barcelona, and the club is already prepared to sign Diego Alves from Valencia to substitute the departing keeper. Let's wait for the next chapter of this complicated story.