Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was a target for his side during the summer transfer window.
Manchester Evening News report that the City boss was interested in the German international before signing his team-mate Claudio Bravo: “We needed a keeper like Claudio or Ter Stegen, we got Claudio and Ter Stegen stayed”.
Guardiola was evidently not content with going into the Premier League season with Joe Hart starting in goal. The Spaniard chose Argentine Willy Cabellero between the posts for City’s opening three games, but the arrival of Bravo has since seen him drop to the bench.
The Daily Mail reported that Joe Hart was shown the exit door due to the shortfalls in his distribution, so it is no surprise that Guardiola targeted two goalkeepers from former club Barcelona who are renown for their qualities in possession.
Guardiola and Bravo face their former club on Wednesday night. With ter Stegen expected to line up in goal for the Spanish champions, perhaps the German will give City fans a taste of what they missed out on.