Boca Juniors prepare four-year contract offer for Manchester City veteran – report

Argentine giants Boca Juniors are targeting Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo as part of their recruitment strategy for August, Chilean daily newspaper La Cuarta reports.

The 35-year-old lost his place in Pep Guardiola’s side after Ederson’s arrival from Benfica, but has featured in cup competitions, making 11 appearances in all competitions this season and being an instrumental part of City’s Carabao Cup win.

And now Boca want to sign him, although any move will depend on whether they get to the next stage of the famous Copa Libertadores competition.

A club source told La Cuarta: “Our idea is to analyse what will happen in the Copa Libertadores. If we advance to the next round, we will go for a new goalkeeper, with Claudio Bravo one of the likely reinforcements. Otherwise, we will stick with what we have.”

Bravo is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until June 2020 and earns a big salary, plus he has no real desire to leave City, but Boca hope the temptation of the Copa Libertadores, one of Bravo’s ‘eternal favourites’, could tempt him to La Bombonera.

If Bravo was to leave, City would require a new goalkeeper, with England under-21 international Angus Gunn an appealing option unless he wants to continue playing weekly football. City also have one more chance to use their buy-back option on Real Sociedad stopper Gerónimo Rulli this summer, but the 25-year-old Argentine has not enjoyed his best season despite being highly rated.

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