Manchester City signs goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Jasper Cillessen joins Barcelona
Manchester City has completed the signing of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for 13.75 million pounds ($18.2 million) in a move that could spell the end of Joe Hart’s decade-long career at the English club.football Updated: Aug 25, 2016 20:34 IST
Manchester City has completed the signing of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for 13.75 million pounds ($18.2 million) in a move that could spell the end of Joe Hart’s decade-long career at the English club.
City announced the arrival of Bravo on Thursday on a four-year deal.
City manager Pep Guardiola likes his goalkeepers to be good with their feet so they can build up play from the back, explaining his move for Bravo and his decision to drop Hart at the start of this season.
Hart is England’s first-choice goalkeeper and has been a regular for City since 2010, but has been told by Guardiola that he can join another club. Will Caballero has started ahead of Hart for City’s first two games in the Premier League.
Barcelona have completed the signing of Dutch international goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Ajax, the Spanish champions confirmed on Thursday.
In a statement on their official website the Catalans confirmed they had signed the 27-year-old on a five-year contract for a fee of 13 million euros (£11.1 million, $14.7 million), rising to a potential 15 million euros.
Barca said Cillessen flew to Spain on Thursday morning to undergo a medical and would be officially unveiled on Friday.
Cillessen made a farewell appearance for Ajax on Wednesday in their 4-1 Champions League play-off defeat to Rostov in Russia.