Andoni Zubizarreta has denied that he was in Germany recently to sign Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona.
Reports in Bild this week have suggested that the sporting director’s presence in the country was to tie up a pre-contract agreement with the 21-year-old goalkeeper, as part of a €10m transfer agreed for the summer with Borussia Monchengladbach.
However, the former goalkeeper himself has played down the reason for being in Germany and assessed that he is struggling to find a replacement for Victor Valdes.
“I was on a trip in Germany. That is the only truth to the news that I have seen,” responded Zubizarreta to reporters yesterday.
“I am working on the options that we have if Victor is not here.
“I like many goalkeepers and I have a problem – that I always end up seeing something I do not like. I was a goalie, I always found fault and that is now the case in watching other goalkeepers.
“If Ter Stegen is signed? I do not ever talk about the options nor tell you what we have done. In any position. There is time until July 2014.”