Manchester City have reportedly agreed personal terms with Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Pep Guardiola is believed to be in the hunt for a ‘sweeper-keeper’, someone in the mould of a Manuel Neuer like he had at Bayern Munich.
The Spaniard started with Willy Caballero in goal in his debut game against Sunderland on Saturday and it is believed he chose the Argentinean goalkeeper ahead of Joe Hart because of his ability to play out of the defence.
And according to Mundo Deportivo, City has agreed a deal with the Barca ‘keeper.
The Chilean goalkeeper is reported to have a release clause of £36million but City are reportedly confident of landing him for £21m.
Manchester City are also reported to be interested in Bravo’s Barca teammate and fellow goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but will only decide on one of them.
If the deal goes through, it could put an end to Joe Hart’s reign as first choice at the Etihad Stadium.
“I am a guy who takes decisions. I am not afraid about that. I feel it and do it,” Guardiola said on his decision to start Caballero ahead of Hart against Sunderland.
“I think Willy had a really good pre-season. He gave me a lot of confidence for this game, his building-up play, his personality. That is why I chose him.
“This line-up was for this game. Of course Joe can play in the next game (v Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday) but I don’t know if he will.”