Barcelona closing in on £7.3m Claudio Bravo

The Chile international goalkeeper is expected to continue his career at Camp Nou next season and fight it out with fellow newbie Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the No.1 jersey
By Pilar Suarez and Benat Escribano

Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Real Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for an initial transfer fee of €9 million (£7.3m), potentially rising to €12m (£9.8m).

The Catalans have already secured the services of Germany international Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Borussia Monchengladbach as they prepare for life after Victor Valdes and Jose Pinto, who will both leave the club this summer, but they are keen to sign an additional shot-stopper.

Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta sees the 31-year-old Bravo as a valuable addition and has already held opening talks with the Chile international over a summer move.

The former Colo Colo star is keen to make the step to a bigger club and Sociedad are ready to let go of their goalkeeper for the right price.

Bravo has a €30m (£24.4m) buy-out clause but Barcelona are confident of getting their man following Sociedad's promise to their goalkeeper that they will cooperate if a big club comes in.

The Chilean joined Sociedad from Colo Colo in the summer of 2006 and has since made over 200 official appearances for the Basque side.

His current contract with Real runs until the summer of 2017.