Manchester City have stolen a march on Liverpool in the race to sign German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Barcelona this summer.

Spanish sports magazine Don Balon has revealed the Sky Blues have tabled a €30million (approximately £23.5million) bid for Ter Stegen, trumping Liverpool’s €24million offer submitted last week.

Should they sanction the sale, this would represent an excellent piece of business by Barcelona, having only signed the German stopper for €12million two seasons ago.

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However, the Catalan giants are reportedly looking to retain the services of Ter Stegen and will not sanction a sale unless the 23-year-old forces Luis Enrique’s hand.

It may seem unthinkable that Marc-André would even entertain the idea of leaving the Nou Camp after making over 40 appearances in two seasons, but the German international has made just four league appearances (compared to Bravo’s 59) and could be tempted by a regular starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s City side.

In his debut season in Spain, Ter Stegen won five trophies with Barça and earned two personal accolades – Save of the Season and a spot in the Champions League Team of the Season.