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Barcelona have confirmed that an agreement is in place for Manchester City to sign goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. 

With Joe Hart sidelined and Willy Caballero not at the standard he wants, City manager Pep Guardiola is looking for a new goalkeeper to play in the “sweeper keeper” role.

Barcelona are thought to be close to signing Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, with the Dutchman’s arrival signalling Bravo’s move to become City’s ninth major summer signing.

“We have the beginning of an agreement with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo,” the club’s technical secretary Robert Fernández said.

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“We are awaiting events this week. When Claudio leaves, we hope to have a new keeper.”

Caballero has started the last three City games in goal, but the Argentine is only a stop-gap while City negotiate a transfer for Bravo, who will cost a reported £17 million.

Hart, meanwhile, has been told he is allowed to leave the club if he wants, with Everton linked with a move, although Guardiola has also made it clear he is welcome to stay and fight for his place in the side.

Bravo, who has been at Barcelona for two years after a long spell with Real Sociedad, suits Guardiola’s tactical shape better than both Hart and Caballero.

At previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola has tasked his goalkeeper with being alert to danger in behind a defence with a high-line, and Bravo’s experience with Barca makes him a better fit to the system.

 

Culled from Squawka

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