After Barcelona completed the capture of Chile captain Claudio Bravo, Arsenal's summer search for a new back-up goalkeeper has taken another twist. The 31-year-old Real Sociedad stopper had reportedly been identified by Arsene Wenger for a possible move to north London to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates Stadium.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners boss had been aware of interest from Barcelona for some time, but still held hopes of luring the custodian to the Premier League, confident that a more realistic opportunity of playing regular football would trump what will probably be on offer at Camp Nou.
But, despite the additional acquisition of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Luis Enrique has got his man, with BBC Sport reporting that Bravo has penned a four-year contract with the La Liga giants.
Bravo leaves the Anoeta Stadium after eight years and more than 200 league appearances, and will bring a wealth of experience to Barcelona following the departure of Victor Valdes.
Arsenal must now turn their attention to alternative transfer targets as Wenger looks to fill the void left by the recently departed Lukasz Fabianski, who left the club upon the expiry of his contract and signed a deal with Swansea City.
And, after Emiliano Viviano returned to Palermo at the end of his season-long loan spell in 2013/14, the Gunners are now worryingly short on goalkeeper cover ahead of the new campaign.
Transfer window talent
However, Arsenal fans needn't worry as there are still plenty of possible options available to them this transfer window, and even better news is the fact that the typically frugal Frenchman won't have to break the bank for a replacement custodian either.
With a number of goalkeepers facing uncertain futures at their current club, it might just be the perfect opportunity for the Gunners to pick up a quality acquisition for a cut-price fee.
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