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Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini closes in on transfer for Claudio Bravo after goalkeeper was released by Man City

REAL BETIS are close to sealing a move for Manchester City outcast Claudio Bravo, according to reports in Spain. 

The ex-Eithad keeper, who lost his place at City to Ederson, is currently a free agent after his contract ended.

But Spanish outlet Marca claim the Chilean is in the final stages of talks to complete a move to ex-City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s new team. 

It is thought Pellegrini intends to bring in Bravo to rival ex-Everton stopper Joel Robles for a starting spot.

Bravo, 37, joined Pep Guardiola’s City side in a £17million deal in 2016 but only made 61 appearances for the club in four seasons. 

He endured a mixed time between the sticks as City’s No1 in his first season before Pep Guardiola brought in current custodian Ederson.

One high-profile clanger came in a Manchester derby in 2016, when his fumble allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to net for Man United. 

The game, which City won 2-1, was Bravo’s debut match in the Premier League.

Bravo, who ended up making 32 cup competition appearances for City was the club’s saviour in a penalty shootout win against Wolves in City’s 2018 League Cup run. 

Guardiola’s men would eventually go on to win the competition that year. 

Bravo, who kept 20 clean sheets for City during his tenure, won eight trophies with the club. 

The 37-year-old played for Barcelona for two seasons before making his summer 2016 switch to Etihad.

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