Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has confirmed a deal is in place with  manchester city for the transfer of Claudio Bravo.

Claudio Bravo
Barcelona Claudio Bravo linked with a move to Manchester City

During the week it emerged the Premier League club were closing in on a €25 million move for the Barcelona goalkeeper, whom Pep Guardiola wants to replace Joe Hart.

Despite those reports, Bravo started Saturday’s La Liga opener against Real Betis, but it looks set to prove to be his last game for the Catalan club.

“We have the beginning of an agreement in principle with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo,” Robert revealed to TV3 after Barca’s 6-2 win.

“We need to sign a goalkeeper. We are waiting events this week. When Claudio leaves, we hope to have a new goalkeeper.”

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Diego Alves had appeared to be close to making a switch to Camp Nou when Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch confirmed the goalkeeper could leave the club.

However, those reports have now cooled and Catalan newspaper Sport says Ajax stopper Jasper Cillessen will will join for €14 million.

Cillessen was left out of the Dutch side’s squad for Saturday’s Eredivisie game against Willem II.

Luis Enrique was asked for his favourite memories of Bravo’s two years at the club during his post-Betis news conference.

However, the Barca boss, who will hope to have the injured Marc-Andre ter Stegen back for next week’s trip to Athletic Bilbao, was reluctant to comment on the situation

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“I will answer that when the facts change,” he said. “I think that the club will speak about this subject and I will speak about it when the facts change, that’s if they do.”


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