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Barcelona sporting director confirms Claudio Bravo is joining Manchester City

Barcelona have tonight confirmed that they have an agreement in principle with Manchester City to sell goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to the Premier League club.

After Barca’s 6-2 win over Betis, in which Bravo started, sporting director Robert Fernández told the press:

“We have the basis of an agreement with Manchester City for the transfer of Claudio Bravo.”

Fernández added that they had been talking about a contract renewal with Bravo, when City made their offer. Bravo told the club he wanted to think it over, and eventually decided to join Pep Guardiola’s team.

Barcelona are tying up a deal for Ajax shot-stopper Jasper Cillessen, meaning Bravo, Barca’s number one in La Liga for the past two seasons, will be allowed to join City.

For Pep Guardiola, who has been backed strongly in the transfer market this summer, it will mean he has a goalkeeper he believes suits his brand of football. Bravo boasted an 84% pass accuracy last season, making him one of the most accurate ball-playing goalkeepers in Europe’s top leagues.

No financial details have been revealed yet, but reports earlier in the week suggested City would pay an initial £13.8 million with the potential of £4 million more in add-ons to follow.

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