Barca pair linked with City, as keeper quandary nears resolution

Date published: Tuesday 12th July 2016 10:54

Claudio Bravo (l) & Marc-Andre ter Stegen (r): City links

Claudio Bravo (l) & Marc-Andre ter Stegen (r): City links

The futures of Barcelona pair Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are set to be resolved in the next week with both goalkeepers reportedly interesting Manchester City.

New City boss Pep Guardiola is desperate to bring in another shot-stopper to rival Joe Hart and reports suggest the Spaniard may even bring in a No. 1 and dump the England man on the bench after his poor showing at Euro 2016.

Guardiola is believed to want Ter Stegen, according to the Daily Mail, but the 24-year-old has a £68million buy-out clause and Barcelona have so far rejected City’s advances. Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo report that City are also keen on ter Stegen’s Barca team-mate – the Copa America champion Claudio Bravo.

The Chile star is older at 33, but his buy-out clause is less at £34million and he could be available for much less than that if Barca decided to sell. And the Catalans are becoming increasingly aware that they may have to offload one of their two keepers this summer with both believed to be unhappy at sharing the role at the Nou Camp.

Ter Stegen was primarily used in Barca’s cup games last season, while Bravo was the mainstay of their La Liga campaign. Barcelona start pre-season training on July 19, but sporting director Robert Fernandez, coach Luis Enrique and president Josep Bartomeu are set to meet this week to discuss the situation and considering the two players’ ages it would be a surprise if they allowed Ter Stegen to leave.

Whatever the outcome, City who currently have Willy Caballero, 34, as Hart’s understudy will bring in another goalkeeper this summer and the England man’s place is far from assured.

Stoke stopper Jack Butland, 23, says he has his sights set on usurping Hart and becoming England No. 1 this season.

Joe Hart England woe

“It’s a massive stage and he made some errors that he won’t make again,” Butland said. ”That’s the nature of goalkeeping and he’s still someone I look up to.

“With his mental toughness and character he will bounce back and be the goalkeeper everyone knows he is.

“But it’s tough to see because you don’t want to be in that position and it’s horrible to see it happen to someone else.

“Maybe it will give me an opportunity, but it’s still down to me to perform and show everyone what I’m capable of.”

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