The Manchester City target saved a penalty for Barcelona on Wednesday and then appeared to wave goodbye to the home fans

 

Claudio Bravo is poised to complete a move to Manchester City with Barcelona giving the clearest indication yet that he will leave before the end of the transfer window.

Pep Guardiola has identified the 33-year-old as Joe Hart’s replacement after dropping the England No1.

And Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez failed to rule out Bravo’s departure when quizzed on the subject.

“A lot has been said, but I can only say that Claudio Bravo will be with us on Saturday,” Fernandez told TV3. “After that, we will see.

“If in the end Bravo goes, another goalkeeper will have to come in first.”

City are understood to be at an advanced stage of negotiations with Barca officials, with a fee of around £14m agreed.

Guardiola has identified the Chilean as pivotal to his Etihad revolution, with his ability to distribute the ball key to the way he wants his team to play

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Claudio Bravo saved a penalty from Vicente Iborra during the Spanish Super Cup Final second leg match against Sevilla on Wednesday

Bravo saved a penalty on Wednesday as Barcelona beat Sevilla 3-0 in the second leg of their Spanish Super Cup match, helping them to a 5-0 aggregate victory.

He was given a rapturous reception before the game and left the field in tears, clutching the trophy and waving to the fans.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique wants three senior goalkeepers in his squad and will not sanction the sale of Bravo before a replacement is secured.

 

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