CLAUDIO BRAVO could sign for Real Betis once his contract at Manchester City expires, according to reports.
The Chilean goalkeeper, 37, agreed a short-term extension to take him through to the end of City’s Champions League campaign in June but he now looks set to leave the Etihad.
Bravo will link up with fellow Chilean and former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini at Betis.
However, Goal claims Pellegrini has made Bravo his number one goalkeeping target as he bids to shore up La Liga’s second-worst defence.
The Seville outfit conceded 60 goals in 2019-20 as they finished 15th in Spain’s top division.
Bravo’s arrival at the Benito Villamarin could signal the end for Betis’ current No 1, ex-Wigan and Everton keeper Joel Robles.
Bravo joined Man City from Barcelona in 2016 for a reported fee of £17million.
After a difficult first season in Manchester, during which his performances were frequently scrutinised – he finished 2016-17 with the worst save percentage of any goalkeeper in the Premier League (54.1 per cent) – City moved to sign Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica and Bravo was replaced as Pep Guardiola’s first-choice.
Despite this, Bravo has played an important role as Ederson’s back-up in the last three seasons with 17 appearances in all competitions this term.
The former Real Sociedad goalkeeper has been linked with Arsenal, Celtic and New York City FC in recent months but he now appears to be eyeing a move back to La Liga.
Bravo has travelled with the rest of the Manchester City squad to Lisbon ahead of the Champions League last eight mini-tournament, with City taking on Lyon in the quarter-finals on Saturday night.
By: Daniel Brookes
Title: Man City blunder keeper Claudio Bravo, 37, set for Real Betis transfer as Pellegrini eyes solution for leaky defence
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/12380042/man-city-keeper-claudio-bravo-real-betis-transfer-pellegrini-defence/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:00:44 +0000