Marc-André ter Stegen wants Barcelona to make him the highest earning goalkeeper in world football if he is to agree to extending his stay at Camp Nou.
The Barcelona number one’s contract expires in 2022, with negotiations currently ongoing in an attempt to tie him down to a new long-term deal.
According to Goal, Ter Stegen is prepared to commit his future to the club until 2025, but he has lofty wage demands to meet before he puts pen to paper on a new deal.
The 28-year-old was originally holding out for a €24m (£22m) per-year contract, and although he has since agreed to lower his salary expectations in light of the financial uncertainty triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, he is still vying to be the top earning goalkeeper in world football.
The Germany international will instead settle for €18m (£16m) per-year to make him Barcelona’s second highest paid player. Only talisman Lionel Messi would pocket more.
Barcelona have been attempting to balance the books throughout the transfer window after a torrid season on the pitch and behind the scenes.
The club parted way with Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Rafinha and Jean-Clair Todibo and pocketed a whole €3.5m in the process, while desperate attempts to find a new home for their €105m plus man Ousmane Dembélé failed to come to fruition.
As a result, members of the Barcelona board are torn as to whether the club should meet Ter Stegen’s wage demands. Some are said to believe that getting the goalkeeper to commit his future to the club should be prioritised, while others consider the lucrative contract financially unviable in the current financial climate.
The former Borussia Mönchengladbach man is currently recovering from knee surgery that he underwent in August, with a return to action pencilled in for early November.