Barcelona to sign Diego Alves to replace Claudio Bravo, who's heading to Manchester City
Barcelona recognizes that they will lose Claudio Bravo to Manchester City, and the Catalans have identified Valencia's Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves as a replacement.
According to Radio Catalunya, the 31-year-old Brazilian is in talks with Barça, but an agreement depends on the departure of Claudio Bravo. To sign Diego Alves, Barcelona would pay a transfer fee of €10 million, and give midfielder Sergi Samper and forward Munir El Haddadi on loan to Valencia. Diego Alves will arrive as a substitute for Marc-André ter Stegen, who's been guaranteed that he will be used as a starter this season. After joining Barça, the German was a starter in knockout tournaments, while Bravo stood between the posts in the Spanish Championship. At Valencia since 2011, Diego Alves has become one of the most important players of the squad. The former Atlético Mineiro player has caps for the Brazilian national team and was even tipped to play in the Olympic Games.