Claudio Bravo travelling to Manchester to complete City move
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Claudio Bravo is flying to Manchester to finalise his move to Pep Guardiola’s City, Sky sources understand.
It was initially thought the transfer would not be processed until Thursday but the Chile international is on his way to Manchester ahead of a medical and a finalisation of personal terms.
Asked about the potential deal on Tuesday, City boss Guardiola did not refute the suggestion that it was in the pipeline, but would not be drawn further.
“I cannot deny what everyone knows,” said Guardiola.
“I am sorry guys. When the deal is complete or not complete, after I will be open to answer about one player. At the moment, he is not our player.”
Barcelona have agreed a deal with Ajax to sign Jasper Cillessen, according to Sky sources, paving the way for Bravo to swap the Nou Camp for the Etihad and trigger Joe Hart’s exit from City.
The Spanish club announced on Saturday that an agreement was in place with City for the transfer of Bravo, who has been their first choice since he joined from Real Sociedad in 2014.
Everton, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund have all expressed an interest, and Hart is open to a move abroad, having told the club he wants to end his 10-year spell at the Etihad.
.The Daily Mirror are reporting that both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to sign new deals with Real Madrid.
Bale is currently under contract until 2019 but is apparently set to pen a two-year extension that will make him the second-highest earner at the club, behind only Ronaldo.
It is reported that Ronaldo will sign a contract to tie him to the club for the rest of his career and his salary will overshadow Lionel Messi’s at Barcelona.
. Sevilla are considering a move for PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.
. Argentine league side Newell’s Old Boys are confident they will lure Lionel Messi back to the club before he retires.
. Valencia manager Pako Ayestaran insists Shkodran Mustafi will not be sold in this transfer window.
.Everton have identified Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez as the man they want to bolster their attack, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Leicester had recently been linked with the forward, who scored 17 goals in La Liga this season.
. Stoke assistant manager Mark Bowen claims the club are hopeful of signing defender Phil Jones from Manchester United in the next week.
. James McCarthy is on the verge of leaving Everton, according to the Daily Mail.
The 25-year-old reportedly does not fit into new manager Ronald Koeman’s plans at Goodison Park.
. Arsenal have made an enquiry for Monaco defender Marcel Tisserand.
. Tottenham are reportedly set to offer Erik Lamela a new deal.
. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is open to allowing 26-year-old centre-back Mamadou Sakho to leave the club on loan to regain his match sharpness
. West Ham are hoping to sign Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony and end their pursuit of Juventus forward Simone Zaza.
. Mario Balotelli looks set for a move away from the Premier League, with Bologna, Lazio and Chievo interested in signing the Italy international.
. Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is to sign a new contract with the club before joining Ajax on a season-long loan.
.Simone Zaza is interested in moving from Juventus to West Ham, according to the player’s father.
. Chelsea have seen a £30m bid for centre-back Alessio Romagnoli rejected by AC Milan
.Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic’s agent has confirmed he is in “interesting talks” and is trying to “make the most of the transfer window” amid speculation of interest from Fiorentina.
.Mainz have rejected speculation linking them with a move for Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry, with sporting director Rouven Schroder telling reporters: “There is nothing to it.”
Sources: BBC, SkySports, soccernet.com.
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