Bravo move from Barca to City ‘almost done’ – report

Date published: Sunday 14th August 2016 12:54

Claudio Bravo Barcelona

Manchester City are edging closer to agreeing a deal to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, according to reports in Spain.

The 33-year-old made 32 appearances in La Liga last season for Barca but the Catalan giants are likely to prefer Marc-Andre ter Stegen in net this campaign.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claims that Bravo has agreed terms at the Etihad Stadium but a fee is yet to be agreed between the clubs.

The newspaper wrote in Sunday’s edition: ‘Bravo’s camp sees [a deal] “almost done with City”.’

City are understood to be confident that they can land the Chilean for £21million due to the Spanish side already having Ter Stegen on their books, however his release clause stands at £36million and Barca could look to hold out for a better price.

These latest reports throw fresh doubt over Joe Hart’s future at City after Pep Guardiola left him out of the 2-1 Premier League victory over Sunderland, preferring to start with Willy Caballero.

“I am a guy who takes decisions. I am not afraid about that. I feel it and do it,” Guardiola said.

“I think Willy had a really good pre-season. He gave me a lot of confidence for this game, his building-up play, his personality. That is why I chose him.

“This line-up was for this game. Of course Joe can play in the next game (v Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday) but I don’t know if he will.”

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