Just days after a report from Mundo Deportivo that Manchester City were seriously interested in goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, comes news from the same newspaper that the club have officially made contact with Barcelona to discuss a deal.
With Marc-André ter Stegen deemed ‘non-transferrable’ by Barcelona – today’s cover story on rival newspaper SPORT – Claudio Bravo appears a more realistic target for City. Mundo Deportivo has information from the 33-year-old’s agent, Cristian Ogalde, that City have taken steps towards signing the Chilean international having contacted Barcelona.
City asked Barcelona if they would be inclined to sell Bravo, and received a positive response. Barca would prefer to keep both Bravo and Ter Stegen but are coming around to the idea that they can’t keep both happy, and despite being their number one in recent times, Bravo is the one they’d be reluctantly willing to part with.
The sale of Bravo to City would only come under two conditions. Firstly, the player would have to ask for the move, which is quite possible if Ter Stegen is given priority over him. The second condition is that City make the Catalan club an offer they can’t refuse. Though 33, Bravo remains a very agile goalkeeper, and Barcelona would want around €20 million (£16.8 million) for him. A high cost for a goalkeeper of that age, although they last much longer than outfield players.
Like most other reports emanating from Spain about Guardiola’s pursuit of a goalkeeper, Mundo Deportivo claims that despite City already having a proven shot-stopper, Joe Hart’s footwork ‘is not the best in the world’. For Pep, a goalkeeper both stops and starts attacks, and this could be Joe Hart’s undoing if Bravo or someone of a similar profile arrives.
Bravo’s successor may already be in place too. According to InfoPincha in Argentina, City are working on the final details of a £7.5 million deal for Gerónimo Rulli. If both Bravo and Rulli were to arrive, the likelihood is that 24-year-old Rulli would head out on loan, since the sale of Joe Hart is highly unlikely this summer.