Barcelona confirm Manchester City's interest for Goal keeper; Bravo

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez has confirmed Manchester City have "a beginning of an agreement" to buy Claudio Bravo.

The Chilean is a target of City manager Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, as the former Catalans' boss looks to replace Joe Hart.

Barcelona are thought to be very close to securing a replacement for the departing Bravo, with a deal to bring in Ajax's Jasper Cillessen on a five-year deal thought to be close.

Bravo turned out for his current side as they began their La Liga title defence with a 6-2 win over Real Betis on Saturday, but Fernandez's words appear to confirm that was the 33-year-old's final match in Blaugrana colours.

"We have the beginning of an agreement with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo," the club official told reporters after the match.

Guardiola has been pushing all summer for a custodian comfortable with building play from the back using his feet, ousting Hart from City's starting XI this term.

Willy Caballero has started all three of the club's competitive fixtures this season, with Bravo's impending arrival only likely to plunge the England No.1's future into further doubt.

Barcelona have moved swiftly to secure Bravo's successor in the form of Cillessen, who is expected to serve as Marc-Andre ter Stegen's deputy at Camp Nou.

"We are awaiting events this week [regarding a replacement for Bravo]," Fernandez added.

"When Claudio leaves, we hope to have a new keeper."