Marc-Andre ter Stegen is edging closer to joining Barcelona this summer and the deal could be completed within days.
Mundo Deportivo reports that negotiations between Barca and the goalkeeper’s club, Borussia Monchengladbach, are entering the final stage, although the publication doesn’t reveal the fee Barca will pay for the player.
But a five-year contract has been settled between Barca and ter Stegen after sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, a former goalkeeper, gave the move special attention.
Ter Stegen had already told Gladbach he would not renew his contract before it expires in 2015,forcing the Bundesliga club into a dilemma - whether to retain the 21-year-old for another 12 months and lose him on a free transfer, or sell in summer 2014.
It is expected that Barca and Gladbach will confirm the deal as soon as it is completed despite Barca initially wanting to wait for Victor Valdes to announce where he will be playing next season.
Valdes is to leave Camp Nou but insists he will not agree terms with a new club before the end of the season, in contrast with Robert Lewandowski, Mundo says, who is to leave Borussia Dortmund and has already had a medical with his new club, Bayern Munich.
Once ter Stegen is signed Barca have to decide on the identity of their other first team goalkeeper, with the contract of Jose Pinto coming due.
Pinto and Barca previously agreed that they would not discuss a new contract until June.