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Claudio Bravo ‘expected’ in Manchester today, but Barcelona stall City move

Claudio Bravo starred in Barcelona’s Supercopa second-leg win over Sevilla last night, saving a penalty and making some excellent saves as the Catalan club won 3-0 (5-0 on aggregate). Following the match, Bravo did not look like a man who is staying at the Camp Nou, hugging teammates and waving to the fans.

Respected Spanish journalist Gerard Romero said the 33-year-old had said his goodbyes to his friends before adding that everything is agreed between Manchester City and Barca, with the only hold-up being Barcelona signing his replacement – expected to be Valencia ‘keeper Diego Alves.

Mundo Deportivo reports today that Bravo said in the locker room, following the conclusion of Barcelona’s win last night, that he has been planning to travel to Manchester today – Thursday – to finalise his move to the Premier League club.

Bravo is expected to train at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this evening, but hopes Barca can sort out his replacement, freeing him to fly to Manchester. Barcelona face Betis on Saturday and sporting director Robert Fernández expects Bravo will be between the sticks, adding that they just can’t sell him before a replacement is found, due to Ter Stegen’s injury. Barcelona have reluctantly agreed to sell Bravo, but would prefer not to use third-choice goalkeeper Jordi Masip.

Bravo wants his future sorted as soon as possible and is even hopeful he could yet travel to Manchester today, but Barca would need to lock down their new goalkeeper for this to happen. Either way, it is now only a matter of time before Pep Guardiola gets his hands on his new number one, Claudio Bravo.

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