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Reports: Arsenal table shock bid for £158million Barcelona's star to replace Petr Cech

Arsenal have reportedly made a surprise bid to hijack the transfer of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen as a replacement for the ageing Petr Cech.

The North London club could do with an upgrade in goal as the former Chelsea shot-stopper looks past his best, with the Barcelona goalkeeper showing himself to be one of the finest stars in the world in his position.

According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Arsenal are joined by Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in making an approach for the German star, who has a reported £158million release clause in his current deal with Barca.

The report also adds clearly that the Catalan sides do not want to sell one of their most important stars, and it remains to be seen if any interested teams will come close to meeting his buy-out clause fee.

That would make the goalkeeper by far the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, and looks a transfer out of character for Arsenal.

We've have rarely spent big on goalkeepers during Arsene Wenger's reign, and indeed rarely spent huge at all even on attacking players.

Still, in this crazy transfer market, Wenger will certainly have to think about a long-term replacement for Cech before long, with former Chelsea goalie undoubtedly one of the finest to play in the Premier League but no longer at the level he was for much of his time at Stamford Bridge.

Ter Stegen could also be a brilliant signing to replace legendary Gianluigi Buffon at Juventus, while oil-back Ligue 1 giants notably raided Barca for Neymar in the summer and may fancy doing so again.

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