Vice-president of Barcelona Josep Bartomeu has disclosed advanced talks about the Catalans signing a new goalkeeper, with confirmations that Pepe Reina and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are on their shortlist of candidates.
The Liga champions have long been connected with both Goalkeepers as they pursue a long-term replacement for Victor Valdes, who is set to be leaving Catalunya at the end of the season.
“We have been looking for a new goalkeeper since January and are in advanced negotiations to sign someone,” Bartomeu told RAC1.
“The plan is to announce who will be our new goalkeeper in January, when Valdes makes his imminent exit official. Ter Stegen and Reina are among the few candidates still on our list.
“We intend to sign just one goalkeeper and not two.”
31-year-old Reina has a contract with current club Liverpool until June 2016, but his long-term future at the club remains in doubt after the Reds signed Simon Mignolet during the summer.
Meanwhile,Ter Stegen has a deal with Gladbach until the 2015 summer, but the Bundesliga outfit are eager to hold on to the 21-year-old and have offered him a better contract.