Manchester City And Barcelona In ‘Agreement’ Over Claudio Bravo

Spanish giants, Barcelona said on Saturday they had reached a “preliminary agreement” for the sale of its goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo to Manchester City

If the transfer goes through it is likely to mean City’s out-of-favour England goalkeeper Joe Hart will leave the club in a loan deal or a permanent move.

Bravo made 32 league starts last season to help Barca win La Liga and featured in Saturday’s 6-2 rout of Real Betis.

“We have a preliminary agreement with Manchester City for the transfer of Claudio Bravo,” technical secretary Robert Fernandez told the club’s TV channel.

“But before we open the door we have to sign a goalkeeper.”

Hart has been a substitute in City’s three games this season, with former Barca boss Guardiola saying he prefers a goalkeeper “able to play with the ball”.

He added: “I spoke with Joe from the first moment we met. I try to be clear with my players and I was clear with him.

“The first thing I am looking for from the goalkeeper is to save. After that he has to be able to help us to create a good build-up. That is why I am here.”

Hart has made 347 appearances in all competitions for City since joining from Shrewsbury in 2006.

He has won 63 caps for England, but had a disappointing Euro 2016, making mistakes against Wales and Iceland as Roy Hodgson’s side were knocked out in the last 16.

Bravo, who has played 75 games for Barca following a move from Real Sociedad in 2014, is Chile’s most capped player with 106 appearances.

Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is expected to replace Bravo at Spanish champions Barcelona, who also have German 24-year-old Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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