Guardiola Launches Cheeky Reina Bid

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Manchester City are set to release Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 34, with former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 34, their number one target. The former Premier League champions have already seen a £2.5m bid rejected but are set to return to Napoli with an improved offer and one nearer to their £4.5m valuation, according to the Daily Mirror.

Bravo endured a torrid season in England during 2016/17, culminating in an unwanted Premier League record of conceding goals from seven consecutive shots. His reputation took a battering but was redeemed for his country as Chile reached the 2017 Confederations Cup final.

Pep Guardiola has been ruthless this summer with his goalkeepers. Willy Caballero left on a free transfer while Joe Hart completed his £10m move to West Ham yesterday. The England number one was deemed surplus to requirements with the Spaniard unimpressed by his footballing skills during his first pre-season in charge at the Emirates.

City signed Edersen from Benfica in a staggering £35m deal with the Brazilian uncapped at senior international level. Releasing Claudio Bravo just a year after signing him from Barcelona suggests Guardiola’s Achilles heel is goalkeepers.

Under pressure from the board to deliver the title, the Catalan is looking to shore up what was a creaky defence last season. As well as the goalkeepers, Guardiola completed the £53m signing of Kyle Walker from Spurs with Bernard Mendy of Monaco also a target.