Manchester City have a £17m “agreement” in place to sign Claudio Bravo from Barcelona, which could spell the end for Joe Hart at the Etihad Stadium, according to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol.
The England No.1’s future as a Citizens star has been the subject of intense debate since he was dropped for Pep Guardiola’s first competitive game in charge of the club on Saturday, a 2-1 win over Sunderland.
It has since been claimed that, should the club find an adequate replacement before the close of the transfer window, Hart will be allowed to move on, and Solhekol has revealed that a deal for Bravo is close.
He tweeted: “Agreement for Man City to sign Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for £17m. But deal complicated because Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen is injured.”
Agreement for Man City to sign Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for £17m. But deal complicated because Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen is injured
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 15, 2016
As Solhekol mentioned, Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s injury concerns are an issue, albeit if the German can prove his fitness over the coming weeks Barca may find it hard to walk away from a £17m offer for a 33-year-old.
The stopped was a key part of Barcelona’s La Liga winning side last term and has helped his national side to claim back-to-back Copa America victories over the past two years.