Barcelona’s sporting director Robert Fernandez has announced that goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will be joining Manchester City.
The move has been rumoured for months with Pep Guardiola unimpressed by England No 1 Joe Hart’s ability to play in the right style, his passing and his footwork.
Bravo has been battling with Marc-Andre ter Stegen to be Barcelona’s first choice goalkeeper for two seasons and, fearful he would lose his place this year due to pressure from the German, threatened to leave if he couldn’t keep his role.
Fernandez said: ‘We have an agreement in principle with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo. We are waiting for events this week. We will open the door for Claudio when we sign another goalkeeper.
‘We were talking about his contract renewal when City’s offer arrived and the player told us that he wanted to think well about it, and evaluate other things. In the end we reached the principle of an agreement.’
Barcelona are close to signing goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Ajax, with the Dutch side leaving him out of their game against Willem II.
The club are offering him a five year deal and the goalkeeper will cost them about £12.1million.
Luis Enrique was asked about this potentially being Claudio Bravo’s last game in his press conference after his side romped to a 6-2 victory over Real Betis.
‘I will answer that question when the facts change,’ he said. ‘I think the club will speak about this subject today [Saturday] and I will speak about it when the facts change. That’s if they do.’
Just a couple of minutes later, Fernandez declared Bravo was leaving, provided Barcelona can complete their move for Cillessen.