Barcelona have been worrying all summer that one of their goalkeepers could join Manchester City. Both Claudio Bravo and Marc-André ter Stegen are high-level goalkeepers and the latter has become tired of sitting on the bench for La Liga games, and only being allowed to feature in the cups.
Ter Stegen reportedly agreed personal terms with City earlier this summer, prompting Barcelona to make a decision, and he now appears to be their favoured option to start in all competitions. Bravo has been Barcelona’s league goalkeeper for several seasons, and now faces the prospect of spending much of the season watching from the subs bench, if he stays.
City’s dream may be Ter Stegen, but according to today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo, they’d be more than happy to take Bravo – and that information comes from the Chilean’s entourage.
After the Joan Gamper Trophy several days ago, in which Bravo featured due to an injury Ter Stegen suffered, his entourage are quoted as saying, “We’re almost done with City.”
While Ter Stegen would cost close to £70 million, with Barca unwilling to budge on his release clause, 33-year-old Bravo could be sold for something in the region of £17 million to £21.5 million, Mundo Deportivo claims. The Catalan newspaper believes it is almost a matter of time before Bravo arrives in the Premier League.
In England, another name has resurfaced. Duncan Castles reports that Portugal hero, Rui Patricio, has emerged as an alternative option to replace Joe Hart, who looks doomed after failing to make the starting eleven ahead of Willy Caballero yesterday.
Patricio, who plays for Sporting in his homeland, has a £38.8 million release clause, though a recent report from A Bola suggested City could get him for £16.9 million.
A new goalkeeper for a new era? “Don’t sell Joe Hart” was heard at the Etihad Stadium during yesterday’s season opener, but Pep Guardiola has a history of making tough, ruthless decisions to shape his teams and England’s number one could be his first high-profile casualty.