• Along with Messi, Barca also want Ter Stegen to sign a new contract
  • Stegen, however, wants a huge raise and that could get tricky
  • La Liga, currently, is suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak

FC Barcelona are reportedly trying to convince their goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to sign a long-term contract amid news that the player is in no hurry to do so.

The Catalans are believed to have offered the German stopper a whopping salary of $7 million per year in a hope to tie him long-term.

Ter Stegen will enter the penultimate season of his current contract after the summer and even though it’s too early to make a contract for him, Barca do not want other clubs knocking at the doors for the goalkeeper, who has established himself as one of the best at present in the world of soccer. Chelsea reportedly are already planning to make the 27-year-old their new target amid reports that say Ter Stegen wants to become the club's second-highest earner behind Lionel Messi at Nou Camp and that could slow down the talks over a new deal for the German player.

The goalkeeper joined Barca in 2014 from Borussia Monchengladbach at just $13m, which now looks like a steal! Since then, the German has made 224 appearances for the Catalans having kept 94 clean sheets and aiding the side to as many as four La Liga titles.

At present, La Liga like other sporting events across the globe has been suspended due to the recent outbreak of deadly coronavirus. Even the training sessions have been brought to halt and the players have been asked to stay indoors and that has come as a brilliant chance to spend some time with their families considering how hectic their soccer schedules usually are.

At the same time, the clubs are busy preparing for the summer transfer window and coming up with new contracts for the players who deserve it.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro challenges Barcelona's Lionel Messi
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro challenges Barcelona's Lionel Messi AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS

Currently, Messi is in self-quarantine because of the coronavirus risk. The soccer superstar, who has a huge fan following on his Instagram profile, has urged his followers to stay indoors with their families as health must always come first.

"Health must always come first. It is an exceptional moment and you must follow the instructions of both health organizations and public authorities. Only in this way can we combat it effectively. It is time to be responsible and stay at home. It is also perfect to enjoy that time with your [family],” the Argentine wrote.