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Manchester City: Claudio Bravo set to leave the club for free at end of this season

Manchester City: Claudio Bravo set to leave the club for free at end of this season

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is set to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of this season.

The Sun reported that the Chile international is likely to run down his contract, which expires next summer, and that the Premier League champions are not planning to offer him a new deal at the Etihad Stadium.

According to The Sun, a source from Manchester City said: “He knows he has zero chance of forcing his way past Ederson in the pecking order, outside of the domestic cups.

“Pep [Guardiola] still has a lot of faith in him despite losing his place during his first season after some dodgy incidents.”

Bravo came to Manchester City from Barcelona in 2016 for a reported fee of £17m, according to ESPN, but he did not get off to an auspicious start.

In his first game for the club, a 2-1 win away to Manchester United, he was culpable for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal, with The Guardian writer Jamie Jackson describing him as being “in hoping-not-to-err-again mode” towards the latter stages of that match.

Bravo played 30 matches in his first season at the Etihad, conceding 34 goals (1.13 per game), and was called the worst signing of the 2016/17 campaign by Football 365‘s Matt Stead.

Since the arrival of Ederson two years ago, Bravo has played just 15 times for Manchester City in all competitions, missing almost all of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The 36-year-old played a key role in the club’s recent Community Shield triumph over Liverpool, though, his save from Georginio Wijnaldum in the penalty shoot-out ultimately securing the trophy for Guardiola’s side. [via The Sun]

Manchester City added to their goalkeeping options two weeks ago with the deadline day season-long loan signing of Scott Carson, who conceded 45 goals in 33 games for Derby last season. By comparison, Bravo has let in the same number of goals in 45 appearances during his time at the Etihad.

Also, while Carson kept only six clean sheets in 2018/19 (one per 5.5 games), the Chile goalkeeper has 15 for the Premier League champions (one per three games).

Even before his Achilles tendon injury last season, Bravo had fallen out of favour at the Etihad, with just 13 appearances in 2017/18 compared to Ederson’s 45.

However, Manchester City need only look at Liverpool to see the risk of trimming a club’s goalkeeping options. After Simon Mignolet was allowed to leave for Club Brugge, Alisson went off injured against Norwich and is out for several weeks, forcing the Reds to sign free agents Adrian and Andy Lonergan.

With Carson having a worse concession and clean sheet rate than Bravo and on-loan goalkeeper Aro Muric enduring a shaky start at Nottingham Forest, Manchester City should only let the Chile veteran leave if they can be sure of having a dependable replacement secured by next summer.

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