Joe Hart’s future at Manchester City is in serious doubt with Spanish publication Marca stating that the club will replace him with Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo.
The England number one was left out of Pep Guardiola’s starting line up for the first Premier League game of the season on Saturday, with Willy Caballero getting the nod between the posts.
Guardiola now looks set to return to his former club Barcelona to find a first choice goalkeeper and, after being linked with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, City will settle for Claudio Bravo.
The 33-year-old Chilean is Barcelona’s La Liga goalkeeper, with ter Stegen playing in the cup competitions as part of an agreement that suits neither.
A fee of €16 million plus €4 million in add ons is expected to get the deal over the line in the near future, and Hart has been linked with a switch to Everton.
Guardiola is keen to have a goalkeeper on board who is comfortable with the ball at his feet, in the mould of Victor Valdes and Manuel Neuer who he worked with in the past.
For their part, Barcelona could replace Bravo with Valencia shot stopper Diego Alves.
Claudio Bravo will join Manchester City for an initial £13.9m (€16m) with an additional £3.5m (€4m) in add-ons. [Marca]
— City Watch (@City_Watch) August 15, 2016
Claudio Bravo: Only Jan Oblak (81.2%) had a better save success rate than Bravo (78.9%) in La Liga last season
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 16, 2016