Barça and Real Sociedad arrived to an agreement today for the transfer of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Barça will pay €12 million to the Basque club for the 31-year-old keeper while Johnathan dos Santos will not be included in the deal as was initially expected. Bravo will sign for four years and he celebrated the move with a superb display tonight in Chile’s 2-0 win over Spain which sees the World Champions, with Iniesta, Pedro, Busquets and Jordi Alba in tonight’s team, going home surprisingly early.
There can be no denying Bravo’s quality and with Marc Andre Ter Stegen already signed it seems that the goalkeeping position will be very well covered. The press are reporting that Bravo will be number two to Ter Stegen but with Luis Enrique in charge I feel sure they will both start from an equal position and will need to win the position on performance and not on reputation.
My main doubt is whether this is the best situation for a young promising keeper like Ter Stegen who needs to be allowed time to develop. If the German makes an slip and is immediately left out for the more experienced Bravo he won’t get the chance to advance. On the other hand if Bravo is thought of as the number two then isn’t €12 million a bit much to spend on a substitute keeper? The other problem now is for Jordi Masip who is supposed to move up to the first team next season but now he looks likely to spend a wasted season just like Oier Olazábal last season. Wouldn’t it be better to offer him another season in Barça B or a loan deal now?