Claudio Bravo’s Manchester City move has been finalised, paving the way for Joe Hart to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer.

The Chile international’s transfer to City has been confirmed just hours after Barcelona confirmed the capture of his replacement Jasper Cillessen from Ajax.

City have forked out £17million on Bravo following Pep Guardiola’s decision to deem Hart surplus to requirements.


Bravo said of his four-year deal: ‘I’m very proud to be joining Manchester City. I know the club is building something very special and I hope I can be part of many successes in the coming years.

‘I have followed City’s progress in recent years and obviously know some of my new team-mates from the Copa America.

‘It is not easy to leave a club like Barcelona where I had two fantastic years, but the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola was too good to refuse.

‘Now I will challenge the other great goalkeepers the Club has and together I hope we can win many trophies.’

City boss Guardiola added: ‘Claudio is a fantastic goalkeeper and an excellent addition to our squad.

‘He has experience and great leadership qualities and is in the prime of his life. He is a goalkeeper I have admired for a number of years and I’m really happy he is now a City player.’


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