Manchester City could be set to move for yet another goalkeeper over the upcoming summer transfer window as a result of Claudio Bravo’s poor performances for Guardiola’s side this season.
Since his £15.4 million move from Barcelona Bravo has endured a torrid spell of form, which has seen him subject to increasing criticism for his woeful record between the sticks – particularly after Guardiola’s surprise decision to send City’s former number one Joe Hart out on loan to Torino.
Bravo’s season went from bad to worse over the course of the weekend as City were humiliated in a 4-0 defeat to Everton, with the Chilean ‘keeper beaten by all four shots he faced; this now means that an astonishing 14 of the last 22 shots directed at Bravo have resulted in goals.
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It’s grim reading for Manchester City fans, but that stat makes Bravo statistically the worst Premier League goalkeeper at present, with no other ‘keeper conceding more goals across their respective last 22 shots faced – the closest is Artur Boruc, with 11 of his last 22 finding the back of the net.
With Bravo’s understudy, Willy Caballero, unlikely to sign a new deal once his contract runs out at the end of the current season, Guardiola has a decision to make about whether to bring in a complete new number one, or replace Cabellero’s position as second-in-command.
According to the Daily Mail, City have been looking at both Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford and Benfica’s Ederson as they search for a world-class shot stopper to provide much-needed resistance in the City goal.
The other option would be for Guardiola to make a complete U-turn on Hart, who is under contract at the Etihad until 2019 – but this is unlikely after the manner of Hart’s departure in summer.
After Bravo’s worrying debut in the Manchester derby earlier on in the season, where his mistake led to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal, Guardiola said the following:
“I am going to tell you something. Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero are going to make mistakes. They are not going to save all the goals and opponents are going to score goals. I am pretty sure of that”
At the time it seemed like he was just backing his new signing, and old friend Bravo; but Manchester City had no idea that this comment would become so true almost half a season later.
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