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Manchester City signing Claudio Bravo targets trophy success at the Etihad as exit looms for Hart

By Mark Odgen

Published 26/08/2016

Aim: Claudio Bravo is keen to impress after joining City from Barcelona
Aim: Claudio Bravo is keen to impress after joining City from Barcelona

Claudio Bravo is set to bring down the curtain on Joe Hart's Manchester City career by making his debut against West Ham on Sunday after completing a £13.75m transfer from Barcelona.

Bravo, 33, takes Pep Guardiola's spending as City manager this summer to beyond £170m after completing his move from the Spanish champions.

The deal for the Chile international could yet cost City a further £2.5m in performance related clauses, but with the transfer being finalised ahead of today's noon deadline for registration of players to play at the weekend, Bravo is now expected to face West Ham at the Etihad.

That has spared the goalkeeper a debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford following the international break on September 10 - but he will soon be reunited with Barca after City were drawn against the Spaniards in the Champions League.

"I'm very proud to be joining Manchester City," Bravo said. "I know the club is building something special and I hope I can be part of many successes in the coming years. I have followed City's progress in recent years and know some of my new team-mates from the Copa America.

"It is not easy to leave a club like Barcelona where I had two fantastic years, but the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola was too good to refuse. Now I will challenge the other great goalkeepers here and together I hope we can win many trophies."

Guardiola is now set to sanction the departure of England No.1 Hart. Everton boss Ronald Koeman has insisted he has no interest, leaving the 29-year-old with limited options in terms of a move elsewhere before next Wednesday's transfer deadline.

But having sealed a deal for Bravo, Guardiola insists City have signed a keeper at his peak.

"Claudio is a fantastic goalkeeper and an excellent addition," Guardiola said. "He has experience and great leadership qualities and is in the prime of his life. He is a goalkeeper I have admired for a number of years and I'm really happy he is now a City player."

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