By Ben Hayward
Both Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo are unhappy with their current status at the Catalan club, and one of the two seems certain to move on this summer.
Barcelona have been hit by problems with their two goalkeepers ahead of their International Champions Cup clash against Leicester.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo have shared the starting spot at Camp Nou since signing for the Catalan club in the summer of 2014, but both men are now unwilling to play second fiddle as the new season starts later in August.
Ter Stegen and Bravo have both met with club officials to discuss their situation since returning from holiday, with the two shot-stoppers set on starting the season in goal for the Blaugrana.
The German goalkeeper, who is wanted by Manchester City, was at Camp Nou on Tuesday to talk about his situation, while the Chilean spoke to Barca officials on Friday.
Publically, Barca have maintained that they want to keep both at the club and coach Luis Enrique said recently that he expects the two to stay at Camp Nou for a third successive season.
"They all want to play more - not just not the goalkeepers," the Barca boss said last week. "I am delighted with our three goalkeepers and the goal is always to have the best. I want the position covered wonderfully and I am behind all three."
The third of those, Jordi Masip, will be expected to start in Stockholm against Leicester on Wednesday as Ter Stegen and Bravo are yet to return to training following their exploits in Euro 2016 and the Copa America Centenario, respectively.
Meanwhile, Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano have cut their break short and are in a 21-man squad for the meeting with last season's Premier League winners.
Barca beat Celtic 3-1 in their first fixture in the competition and after meeting Leicester, the Catalans face Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.
Leicester have played three times this summer, but were well beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in a 4-0 loss to Unai Emery's side in their last match after a 1-1 draw (and win on penalties) against Celtic in their first International Champions Cup game.
The two teams have played only once before, a friendly in 2003 which Barca - with Luis Enrique as captain - won 1-0 thanks to a Javier Saviola strike.
"We know that Barcelona will have the possession against us," Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said in the build-up to this game. "But we will have to stick together with discipline and by running."
The La Masia graduate was on target twice and Luis Suarez also netted in a one-sided first half, but Claudio Ranieri's men came back strongly to push the game to the wire.
Leicester City showed commendable resolve to go toe-to-toe with Barcelona in the International Champions Cup, though the club eventually fell to a 4-2 loss in Stockholm.
The Premier League champions, gearing up for their first Champions League campaign, had been thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in California on Sunday and needed a much-improved second-half showing to avoid a similar outcome on Wednesday.
Claudio Ranieri's men found Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in fine form in the first half, teeing up a brace for Munir either side of the former Liverpool forward's fine individual effort.
Ahmed Musa was introduced at the break and crafted two excellent goals to inspire an impressive Leicester response, as new signing Bartosz Kapustka debuted, but Rafa Mujica's late stunner finished them off.
While Barca made just the one change from its win against Celtic, there were seven alterations to Ranieri's side following that PSG reverse, notably providing Jamie Vardy with his first action of the preseason.
A hectic start saw Suarez, Demarai Gray and Munir all waste openings, but, given another chance by Messi's stunning pass, the latter tucked a finish under Ron-Robert Zieler to give the Liga outfit a 26th-minute lead.
The Leicester goalkeeper thwarted Suarez for the next chance, but he could do little when the Uruguayan bounced past Robert Huth and Ben Chilwell to poke a second into the roof of the net.
And as the English side looked to respond, Munir appeared to have killed them off on the verge of halftime. The goal owed much to Suarez, whose glorious lifted pass found his teammate's toe for a simple prod.
Having been undone by ruthless attacking play in the first half, Leicester responded with some of its own. Within minutes of the restart, Shinji Okazaki played Musa through to race away and score.
The industrious Nigerian was not finished there either, pressuring the Barca backline into an error, then collecting Jeffrey Schlupp's center to unleash an unstoppable blast.
However, Mujica swept a finish high into the corner in the 84th minute to thwart hopes of a fightback.
Leicester can now look forward to the Community Shield final against Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday, while Barca plays Liverpool at the same stadium the day before.