Manchester City have reportedly contacted both Barcelona and Claudio Bravo to register their interest in the Chile international.
Mundo Deportivo reports the approach as Pep Guardiola searches for a goalkeeper more comfortable with the ball at his feet than current No. 1 Joe Hart, and it’s felt that the style Guardiola wants to impose on City demands a technically-adept ‘keeper.
Manuel Neuer, who worked under Guardiola at Bayern Munich, and Barca pair Bravo and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen are mentioned as the three best proponents of what Guardiola requires, and Bravo has been contacted through his agent, Cristian Ogalde, while an enquiry was also made by City at Camp Nou.
Barca President Josep Maria Bartomeu did recently say, however, that the club wouldn’t sell either Bravo or Ter Stegen this summer, but MD adds that if they were to sell one of them, it would be Bravo.
Bravo is almost 10 years older than Ter Stegen but Barca would only sell if two conditions are met – that he asks to leave, and that the offer from City is attractive enough to the club.
A price of €20m has been set for Bravo, considered a lot for a 33-year-old, but if Guardiola is set on Bravo and the player asks to be allowed to leave, the transfer could go through.