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From Spain: Champions League winner tops Pep Guardiola’s list of Bravo replacements

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is at the top of a list Pep Guardiola is considering to replace injury-hit Claudio Bravo at Manchester City, Madrid-based newspaper AS reports.

Bravo sustained a serious rupture to his tendon of his left foot in training on Monday, leaving City with the worry of having only young, untested Daniel Grimshaw as a back-up to Ederson for the rest of the season.

With the season potentially now resting on Ederson’s fitness, the club are looking into new goalkeepers and have two possibilities: successfully apply for an emergency loan deal or sign a free agent.

It is reported in today’s Daily Mail that City may not be able to get special dispensation to bring in another goalkeeper, which would leave them with two immediate options before the January window – stick with 20-year-old Grimshaw or sign a free agent such as former City stopper Stuart Taylor or Brazilian veteran Diego Cavalieri, most recently of Crystal Palace.

NAC Breda yesterday appeared to rule out a return for 19-year-old Aro Muric, who was last month sent on loan to the Dutch club – though like Grimshaw, he too would be a very inexperienced option even if brought back.

31-year-old Costa Rica international Navas would be a perfect replacement for Bravo if he could be brought in quickly, or alternatively signed in the January transfer window.

According to AS, Real Madrid would not stand in Navas’ way should he request a transfer to City, much like when the Blues signed Danilo last year from the Champions League winners.

In addition to new signing from Chelsea Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid have Ukrainian super-talent Andriy Lunin and veteran Kiko Casilla on the books, while Luca Zidane is also showing promise, so unlike City have so shortage of options between the sticks.

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