Pep Guardiola is certainly leaving an impression already on his new Manchester City side. The former Barcelona man is expected to turn the club into one of the most feared sides in Europe but it seems as though Joe Hart will not be part of any such adventure.
Willy Caballero has started in goal for City for both their opening Premier League game against Sunderland and their midweek Champions League play-off against Steaua Bucharest leaving a number of question marks over the England man’s future.
Equally City are expected to bring in a new ‘keeper that is more to Guardiola’s liking and it looks as though it could be Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo.
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So in the 7 Of The Best spirit, here are SEVEN Claudio Bravo alternatives for Guardiola to look at…
Horn has racked up 120 appearances for Cologne since breaking into the team in 2012.
The young German has been the man in goal for his national team at the Olympics and would get in many an international side, it just so happens Manuel Neuer is in front of him for Germany.
At 23-years-old he’s got plenty of time to improve and City might feel it would make more sense to go for him than the much older Bravo.
Another stopper who shows that Germany really do have one of the strongest pool of goalkeepers available in international football.
Leno has played in the Champions League for Bayer Leverkusen and made his debut for the club in the Bundesliga in 2011.
When you consider he’s only 24 it’s apparent that he’d be another better long term option than Bravo for City.
Shockingly it’s another German. Trapp currently plies his trade between the sticks in the French capital for Paris Saint Germain keeping the promising Alphonse Areola at bay.
The former Eintracht Frankfurt man enjoyed a highly successful first season in France, winning four trophies and will soon be entering his prime. He’ll cost a fair bit, but would ultimately be worth it.
Patricio was right at the heart of Portugal’s EURO 2016 winning campaign with a number of good performances.
The Portuguese were very organised and some of the credit has to go to the ‘keeper and this would surely make him a success at City.
Pep Guardiola likes his teams to adhere to his every instruction and with Patricio he’d surely have a man capable of doing so.
Could Hart’s loss be Butland’s gain for both club and country. Butland is a very talented goalkeeper as he showed for Stoke City last season before it being cut short by injury and would surely have gone to EURO 2016.
With Hart’s mistakes at the tournament and his seemingly imminent departure Butland could be set to replace him not just for England, but for Man. City too.
The potential Bravo deal suggests they want an experienced goalkeeper amongst other qualities and Handanovic certainly knows what he is doing.
He’s been a stalwart in the Inter Milan team since 2012 but with the club currently going through a hectic period he might fancy jumping ship. He’s of a similar age to Bravo but would arguably cost a considerable amount less.
Alves is reportedly the one Barcelona want to replace Bravo so would it not make sense for City to just cut out the middle man and get a slightly younger ‘keeper in now?
Alves has been at Valencia since 2011 earning experience in the Champions League whilst he has also made a handful appearances for Brazil. Surely worth a look for City if Barca really are interested?