Joe Hart has five days to find new club
Published 26/08/2016 | 02:30
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for an initial £13.75m, edging Joe Hart closer to an exit.
While Hart was blowing farewell kisses to the Etihad on Wednesday evening, Chile keeper Bravo was a spectator as City completed their 6-0 aggregate rout over Steaua Bucharest.
Having completed his medical, a deal was signed that could rise to £16.25m should Pep Guardiola repeat his Champions League success at Barcelona.
Bravo's first appearance might be against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.
"I'm very proud to be joining Manchester City," Bravo, 33, said. "I know the club is building something very special and I hope I can be part of many successes in the coming years. 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."
Guardiola has returned to his former club to recruit a keeper whose CV is already decorated with La Liga and Champions League success. "Claudio is a fantastic goalkeeper and an excellent addition to our squad," said Guardiola.
Bravo's arrival leaves Hart with five days to find a new club or be left stewing in City's reserves until at least January. He is now effectively third choice.
The 29-year-old must assess whether to go abroad to play for a club competing for top honours, or join another Premier League with less lofty ambitions than he has been used to in recent years.
Although Everton have been most frequently linked with the England No 1, manager Ronald Koeman suggested yesterday that he is not on his radar.