Football: Barcelona confirm 'agreement' with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo

Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo during the Primera Division league match at Camp Nou in Barcelona, northeastern Spain on August 20.
Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo during the Primera Division league match at Camp Nou in Barcelona, northeastern Spain on August 20. PHOTO: EPA

BARCELONA (AFP) - Barcelona have confirmed Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will join Manchester City as soon as the Spanish champions sign a replacement for him.

"We have an agreement in principle with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo. We are waiting for events this week. We will open the door for Claudio when we sign another goalkeeper," sporting director Robert Fernandez said after the 6-2 win over Real Betis on Saturday at the Camp Nou.

"We were talking about his contract renewal when City's offer arrived and the player told us that he wanted to think about it, and evaluate other things."

City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign Bravo to replace Joe Hart, according to reports, because he does not think the England international fits into his style of play.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will take over Bravo's duties as No. 1 in Barcelona, with Dutch international Jasper Cillessen of Ajax the preferred target to replace the Chilean.

Cillessen did not play for Ajax in their 2-1 home defeat to Willem II in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday.