Manchester City hit snag in £17m deal for Barcelona's Claudio Bravo

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Pep Guardiola is understood to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper after dropping Joe Hart for Saturday's opening day Premier League clash with Sunderland.

A number of senior figures at Manchester City are at threat of facing the chop and it would seem their first-choice goalkeeper, alongside Yaya Toure, will soon be axed.

So out of favour is Hart at the Etihad that the much-maligned Willy Caballero was chosen ahead of him over the weekend.


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Where the England international's future lies remains to be seen - Everton are reportedly interesting in signing him on loan - but it would seem Guardiola has his sights set on a replacement.

According to Sky Sports, City have an agreement in place to sign Barcelona's Claudio Bravo for a fee in the region of £17 million.

But there's a problem.

While Barcelona are reportedly willing to cash in on the 33-year-old Chilean, who was used predominantly in La Liga last season, a recent injury to Marc-Andre ter Stegen has thrown a potential deal into doubt.

The latter shot-stopper has been ruled out for three weeks and whilst a deal remains possible, it hinges on how Ter Stegen recovers in the coming weeks.

What's certain is Hart's time at City is all but up after Guardiola admitted the Englishman was unhappy about being dropped.

He said: "I'm pretty sure he is not happy.

"All the players who don't play aren't sacked, they're absent. Of course, I would not be happy if absent, but now it is 'try again'.

"I am sorry, I have to decide (on the team). We have 28 players. They have to convince me on the pitch."

Guardiola's words somewhat contradict what he said on the matter in a post-match interview on Saturday.

"He reacted well," the Spaniard said, conversely.

"I have a lot of respect for Joe. I know how good a goalkeeper he is, but I decided for Willy. In the end, I have a squad and I decide what I see.

"I have to create a team spirit. It's not about tactics, it's not about anything, and I decided today for this line-up."

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