Many expected several players to be exiled from the Etihad Stadium with the arrival of Pep Guardiola, however, it would have been a small few who predicted England’s number one goalkeeper Joe Hart would have been on the chopping block.
Recent reports state that Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for a fee rising up to £17 million. The reason is simply that Guardiola feels Hart’s technical ability is not to the standard he needs to implement his style of play; hence the regular inclusion of Willy Caballero in goal.
Bravo joined Barcelona in 2014 from Real Sociedad and went on to become one of the top goalkeepers in Europe. He possesses the quality Guardiola desires, the ability to play as a 5th defender and get involved with passing build up play from the back.
The signing has meant Hart faces the possibility of being 3rd choice at City, an option the Englishman could not consider it seems. This has led to recent interest from Ronald Koeman’s Everton. The Toffees brought in Martin Stekelenburg from Southampton after the retirement of Tim Howard and the Dutchman has performed well in his short time at Goodison Park.
If Everton are to make their interest serious and bid for Hart, it could mean that Stekelenburg is then left wondering if he’ll see first team football again in England’s top-flight.
City will certainly come out as the main victors of all this though, getting in Bravo whilst acquiring what would be a decent fee for Hart in the process. City have leaked a goal in both of their first two matches and whilst they won those games relatively comfortably, Guardiola will be keen to secure the defensive side to his team and increase the team’s clean sheet tally; Bravo would certainly be a big step in that direction.