Barca ready to keep trio

Barcelona will reportedly offer Ariedo Braida a new contract and are hopeful Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen will rotate for another season.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are happy with the work Braida has done in helping to stabilise the club since his arrival last February, just weeks after Andoni Zubizarreta vacated his role of sporting director and the announcement of presidential elections being brought forward.

Braida, in turn, is understood to be settled on both a personal and professional level – aware he is at the “pinnacle” of where he can aspire to be – and should put pen to paper on a new, three-year deal, with the option of an additional year, sooner rather than later.

Despite turning 70 next month, Braida remains highly rated by Barca due to his extensive experience in the transfer market and knowledge of international football, his cordial relationship with Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta having resulted in negotiations for Paul Pogba last summer.

Regarding the playing front, meanwhile, Barca are confident of retaining Bravo and Ter Stegen on their current agreement for another season.

Bravo is Barca’s La Liga goalkeeper, with Ter Stegen only appearing in cup competitions, but the club – although ready to use their recent success as persuasion – are aware that it will be difficult to keep both players happy beyond 2017.

However, it is understood that Ter Stegen is the likelier of the two to stay as his partner’s university studies in Barcelona are not expected to conclude for at least another year.

Tags Ariedo Braida Claudio Bravo Marc-Andre Ter Stegen