Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to add a goalkeeper to his team with more “footballing” abilities than his present option, Joe Hart. Barcelona custodian, Claudio Bravo is targeted by the Spaniard and if reports are to be believed, then the Chile international has already agreed personal terms with the Manchester club.
The Barcelona goalkeeper’s camp already sees the player making his way to the Etihad Stadium this summer. The arrival of Bravo to Manchester City will cast doubt over the future of the club’s longest standing goalkeeper, Joe Hart, as reported by Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo.
However, the deal is not finalized as both Manchester City and Barcelona are unable to decide on a final transfer fee for the player, despite City agreeing personal terms with Bravo. The Catalan giant values their goalkeeper at around $46.5 million dollars, but the English club doesn’t want to pay anything over $27 million as they know that the Spanish champions already possess a quality backup in the form of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The arrival of the 33-year-old goalkeeper at the Etihad Stadium would provide a career dilemma for Joe Hart. Guardiola has already made his intentions clear that he doesn’t want to assure the England international any first-team opportunities. He proved that when he started Argentine Willy Caballero against Sunderland on Saturday.
“I am a guy who takes decisions. I am not afraid about that. I feel it and do it. I think Willy had a really good pre-season. He gave me a lot of confidence for his game, his building-up play, his personality. That is why I chose him.” Guardiola said, according to Daily Mail.
As seen in his previous clubs, Guardiola prefers a goalkeeper with better footwork that what Hart possesses. In an age where sweeper-keepers like Manuer Neuer are held in high regard, the English custodian falls below the pecking order.