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Barcelona keeper touches down in Manchester and today's transfer gossip

Ajax stopper Jasper Cillessen looks set to replace Claudio Bravo as the Chilean nears a switch to the Premier League.

Claudio Bravo is on his way to Man City.
Claudio Bravo is on his way to Man City.
Image: Manu Fernandez

HERE ARE THE good, the bad, and the unlikely football moves being talked about today…

MANCHESTER CITY ARE close to securing a new goalkeeper in the shape of Barcelona’s Chilean international Claudio Bravo.

The 33-year-old is due in England this afternoon to undergo a medical ahead of the £17 million (€20m) switch, throwing Joe Hart’s future at the club into further doubt.

Meanwhile, Barca will replace Bravo with Ajax stopper Jasper Cillessen.

Across town, Manchester United boss is still keen on recruiting his compatriot Jose Fonte from Southampton for around £12m (€14m).

He has been told to offload a few players first, however, with Tyler Blackett leaving for Reading on a permanent deal while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has been shipped out on loan to Wolves today.

And Stoke City have confirmed their interest in another Red Devils defenderPhil Jones.

Arsene Wenger is in the market for a defender but Arsenal have reportedly been told to stump up £25m (€30m) for Jonny Evans by West Brom, who themselves want to bring in Sporting Lisbon forward Islam Slimani.

Elsewhere, Chelsea have had a £30m bid for AC Milan centre-half Alessio Romagnoli according to reports in Italy.

Retro Deal of the Day

Markus Babbel was signed by Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier on a free transfer from Bayern Munich in June 2000.

Having won four Bundesliga with the Bavarians as well as Euro ’96 with his native Germany, the defender was already a highly-decorated player when he joined the Reds.

Soccer - FA Carling Premiership - Liverpool Press Conference Babbel (top left) with Bernard Diomede, Pegguy Arphexad, Gary McAllister, Nick Barmby, assistant boss Phil Thompson and manager Gerard Houllier. Source: EMPICS Sport

Babbel became an integral part of the Liverpool defence — winning the Uefa Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble in 2001, but he was then diagnosed with Guillan-Barre syndrome.

Refusing to give up on his football career, he battled back after a year out before joining Blackburn Rovers on loan in 2003.

The following summer, he left for Stuttgart and finished his playing days there. Babbel has gone on to manage Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim and his current club FC Luzern.

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