28-year-old La Liga star on top of Chelsea radar

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has informed Spanish giants goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen that he must take a pay cut in order to remain at Nou Camp.

The Germany international has two years left on his current deal and has been strongly linked with a swith to Chelsea.

Barca have prioritised talks with German stopper over fresh terms, however, the 28-year-old will have to accept a reduced salary as they have to adapt to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked about the Catalans priority this summer in terms of new deals, Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo: “For me, Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

“Not just for his quality as a goalkeeper, but also for his personality as a player, his manner and the way he relates to people.

“He’s a mainstay in the dressing room and for the future. For a goalkeeper, he’s very young and he’s already in the elite. At 28, he’s one of the three best in the world.

“He understands what is happening in society and he knows that with the decrease in income at clubs like Barca, he will have to adjust his salary. All the players are doing it and we are working on that.”

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is also due to become a free agent at the end of next campaign, however, Bartomeu is confident that he will remain at Nau Camp despite interest from Inter Milan.