Man City sign netminder Claudio Bravo from Barcelona on a four-year deal
Manchester City have completed the £17.1m signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in a move which is likely to force Joe Hart closer towards an Etihad exit.
The 33-year-old is new City manager Pep Guardiola's preferred choice after Hart, who appears to have made his final appearance for the club, failed to impress the Catalan during pre-season.
Hart was given a starting berth for the Champions League play-off second-leg tie against Steaua Bucharest but, with the aggregate score at 5-0 ahead of kick-off, it was considered by some to be a sentimental gesture from the former Bayern Munich manager.
Guardiola told City's website: “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.”
Bravo, who was voyed as the best player in the Copa America in both 2015 and 2016, added: “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.”
Independent News Service