Matthias Ginter: Barcelona may look at signing summer free agent

Jamie Spencer
Matthias Ginter will be a free agent in the summer
Matthias Ginter will be a free agent in the summer / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Barcelona could turn to Germany international Matthias Ginter this summer as they look to bolster the centre of defence at the same time as still being limited by severe financial constraints.

Barça’s recruitment policy is geared towards the free agent market and of the club’s six permanent new signings this season, only Ferran Torres has arrived at Camp Nou for a transfer fee. That approach is likely to stay largely the same in the summer.

Ginter, who has 46 senior caps for Germany, is among several high profile central defenders due to be out of contract this summer, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen also set to become available when their respective Chelsea contracts expire.

Barça have been linked with all three, with initial talk of a Ginter move surfacing even before he confirmed his coming departure from current club Borussia Monchengladbach, and Bild claim that he is indeed on a list of potential defensive recruits.

“After long deliberations, I have decided not to renew my expiring contract. After five fantastic years at Borussia Monchengladbach, it is difficult for me to take this step, but I've decided upon a different path for my personal and professional development,” Ginter said in December, confirming that this season will be his last with Gladbach.

The 28-year-old is yet to play outside his native Germany, instead making his name in the Bundesliga with Freiburg as a youngster before being poached by Borussia Dortmund in 2014.

Dortmund were hailed for the shrewd acquisition but he failed to command a place in the team and was later largely used out of position – either in midfield or at right-back. But Ginter resurrected his career at Gladbach after a 2017 move, also helping the club return to the Champions League.

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