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Barcelona Transfer News: Claudio Bravo Deal Official, Toni Kroos Bid Reported

Chile's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo celebrates Chile's third goal by Jean Beausejour during the second half of the group B World Cup soccer match between Chile and Australia in the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

Barcelona have confirmed that they have signed 31-year-old goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Real Sociedad.

The agreement was announced on the club's Instagram account with a picture of the player's new shirt at the Camp Nou:

The Chile international is currently at the World Cup and he had a good season for his La Liga club.

He played in 42 matches for Sociedad last year, per WhoScored.com, in the domestic league and Europe, and vitally he has Champions League experience. 

Freelance football journalist Serge Dominguez had earlier predicted the transfer of the player after his father had revealed information about the move.

He tweeted:

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo of Chile gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 23, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Imag
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And Barca have confirmed via their official website that Bravo has signed a four-year deal to join them.

The player has been captain of his country for six years and brings some leadership skills to the Catalan team's defence, which looked weak at times in 2013-14. 

Filippo Giraldi, of Watford Town, and BeIN Sports editor David Jaca both recently complimented the skillset of Bravo when they tweeted:

 

It has also been reported that Barca have joined the queue of clubs after the services of German international Toni Kroos.

Marca reports the long-term Manchester United target is subject of interest from Barcelona, and Kicker reports that a bid has been lodged with Bayern Munich.

However, the Kicker report quotes Kroos' agent, Volker Struth, saying in a bemused manner: "It appears that every report from a dark source abroad is accepted in Germany without being confirmed."

Bravo is a fine signing for Barca as they look to rebuild under new manager Luis Enrique. He will be an experienced replacement for Victor Valdes and has the sufficient domestic knowledge to help the club regain its La Liga crown.

Kroos would be somewhat of an unexpected signing for the Nou Camp team but with Xavi and Cesc Fabregas leaving, Enrique may view the young German as their long-term heir. Kroos has the talent to progress at Barcelona and would not be phased at being at such a huge club having grown up at Bayern Munich.

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