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Barcelona agree deal for Bravo

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 25 Jun 2014

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Barcelona have agreed terms with Real Sociedad for the transfer of Claudio Bravo, who is set to sign a four-year deal.

The 31-year-old, currently captaining Chile at the FIFA World Cup, will provide competition for fellow close-season arrival Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barcelona were in need of goalkeeping recruits following the departure of long-serving first-choice Victor Valdes and understudy Jose Manuel Pinto.

Bravo featured in all but one of Sociedad’s La Liga matches last season, helping them to a seventh-place finish.

His new club will be seeking to improve on a poor campaign that saw them finish without a major trophy, leading Gerardo Martino to leave his role as coach after just one season.

Having started his career at Colo Colo in his home country, Bravo moved to Sociedad in 2006 and spent eight years with the club.

He has won 82 caps for Chile, who will face hosts Brazil in the second round of the World Cup on Saturday.

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