Pep Guardiola’s quest for a new goalkeeper has been much covered in Spain, maybe even more than in the UK. It’s been some time since the local media have identified Claudio Bravo as a target for the manager, and they now report that the transfer seems likely to happen.
AS says Bravo is Guardiola’s favourite goalkeeper, since he’s one of the few with good ability to play with his feet. Manchester City would try to make the signing in the coming days.
According to the newspaper, Barcelona’s response to the approach would be quite positive. The club don’t want to rotate goalkeepers anymore and believe Ter Stegen to be a better prospect. So it would be very possible that they make Bravo’s departure quite easy.
Barcelona would only ask for a ‘reasonable fee’ to let the player go. They mention that Bravo is the champion of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Copa America, where he was named the best goalkeeper of the competition, so his current status deserves this respect from the club.
Manchester City had been repeatedly linked with a move for Marc-Andre ter Stegen and the latest rumours are no doubt prompted by Joe Hart’s Euro 2016 disaster against Iceland.