Barcelona want Atletico player Andriy Lunin in a bid to bolster their goalkeeping options.
Barcelona have one of the boast keepers in the entire world in Marc Andre Ter-Stegen. However, at the few of the world’s best clubs, expectations are always rising as is the ambition of every team. Barcelona are interested in signing a long term replacement for Marc Andre Ter-Stegen as they believe that there is no capable successor to the German in their La Masia academy.
As a result, the Spanish champions have shortlisted Alejandro Iturbe of Atletico Madrid and are planning to raid their La Liga rivals sometime soon. At only 14 years of age, the shot stopper has trained with the first team during the International Champions Cup this summer and has been positive in the eyes of Atletico Madrid’s coaching staff.
Interest from elsewhere has followed with Real Madrid being the very first observant of the young lad. The interest came back in 2016, but since then, the European champions have settled for Thibaut Courtois, formerly of Atletico Madrid and newly signed Ukrainian youngster Andriy Lunin who is currently loaned out to Leganes.
Barcelona look up highly towards the goalkeeper but international footballing laws are a threat to their ambitions. The regulations dictate that a player aged below 16 cannot sign a professional contract and Atletico Madrid have already agreed a verbal deal which will be officially signed in 2020 once Iturbe turns 16.
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He has shown in high profile tournaments including the Torcaf Championship, which is a tournament played between most major youth teams across Spain. The 14 year old signed for the Rojiblancos back in 2008 when he was five years old and has been a great addition to their youth ranks.
He has a contract with the Wanda Metropolitano club until June 2022 and has previously even attracted interest from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.