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Barcelona closing in on €9 million Claudio Bravo logo 31-05-2014

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, potentially rising to €12m.

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 buy-out clause, but Barcelona are confident of getting their man for an initial fee of €9m - potentially rising to €12m - 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.

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