Joe Hart’s nightmare European Championship with England could well have cost him his guaranteed starting place at Manchester City. According to various UK press reports, Guardiola has considered Hart’s below-par tournament proof that he’ll need a new top-class goalkeeper to provide competition for the English stopper.
Bravo the perfect alternative for Pep
When Pep first agreed to join the club, Gerónimo Rulli and Victor Valdés were heavily linked with a move to Manchester, but now it seems that the Catalan’s radar has centred firmly on Barcelona's Claudio Bravo. The Chilean keeper’s impressive Copa America campaign has persuaded Pep that he’d be the perfect alternative for his number one spot at City.
According to the Daily Mail, Xabier Mancisidor – City’s goalkeeper trainer – already tried to sign Bravo last season when he was an assistant to Pellegrini, with Mancisidor already knowing Bravo well from their time at Real Sociedad together.
The British newspaper reports that the possibility of the transfer going through has been made more likely by Barcelona’s hierarchy showing greater preference for Ter Stegen in recent months.