Guardiola Launches Cheeky Reina Bid


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.