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Barcelona confirm Claudio Bravo agreement with Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola is a manager renowned for his meticulous attention to detail when in comes to having players suited to his tactical demands.

The Manchester City boss is thought to be keen on signing a new goalkeeper to replace Joe Hart and play the ‘sweeper-keeper’ role he has employed throughout his managerial career.

Guardiola has instead selected Willy Caballero for the first two Premier League fixtures of the season and in the Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest as Hart’s future at the club appears increasingly bleak.

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A loan spell is reportedly the most likely outcome for the England international while City look to bring in a new first-choice goalkeeper before the transfer window closes in less than two weeks’ time.

However, it seems Guardiola has struck a deal well in advance of deadline day following news the club is on the verge of capturing a target he believes is the perfect candidate to supplant Hart.

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BBC Sport reports Barcelona have confirmed an agreement is in place with City to sell Claudio Bravo to the Premier League giants.

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez revealed the Chilean may have made his last appearance for the club following the thumping victory over Real Betis on Saturday.

"We have the beginning of an agreement in principle with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo," Robert told 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.”

Despite being number one at one of the biggest clubs in world football, Bravo’s imminent arrival has received a mixed reaction from City fans due to Hart’s popularity at the Etihad.

The move could send Hart on his way to Everton or Sevilla, who have both expressed an interest in snapping up the 29-year-old.

Hart has been a key figure for City during the club’s rise to the top of English football, winning two Premier League titles and four Golden Glove awards since 2010.

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