Claudio Bravo has been ‘taken by surprise’ after Barcelona decided to promote Marc-André ter Stegen to number one goalkeeper in every competition, according to AS, and this could open the door for him to move to Manchester City.
Bravo has been an excellent performer for Barcelona over the past two seasons, as their first-choice La Liga goalkeeper, but after Ter Stegen agreed terms to join City (reported by the reliable TV3 in Barcelona), the club quickly responded by offering the 24-year-old an improved role.
This leaves Bravo in a slightly unlucky situation of losing his place not because of his performances, but because Barcelona have prioritised the younger German goalkeeper. Now, it is reported, the Chilean goalkeeper is considering leaving Spain. The door is open for Pep Guardiola to make his move, should City follow up on alleged interest.
In England, the line from City to the press is that they have no interest, but in Spain leading journalists have received information from Bravo’s entourage that there have been contacts. AS’ last line is one we hear often from Spain – that Guardiola has serious concerns about Joe Hart’s footwork, making the Chile shot-stopper Bravo an option for the position at Manchester City.