Manchester City closing in on signing of Willy Caballero

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Premier League champions Manchester City are reportedly close to completing a deal for Malaga's first-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero is reportedly on the verge of completing a £6.5 million switch to Manchester City.

After cutting short a post-season holiday, the 32-year-old flew into Manchester on Monday and is expected to sign a three-year deal worth £45,000 per week.

Signing from fellow La Liga side Elche in 2011, the Argentine has been Malaga’s first-choice keeper over the past three-and-a-half seasons, helping the club to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2012-13, following a fourth place finish the previous campaign.

Widely hailed as one of the top shot-stoppers in Spain over the past few years, Caballero has never made a senior appearance for the national side but was first-choice for Argentina’s gold medal-winning side at the 2004 Olympics, in a team which featured the likes of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

Having previously worked with City manager Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, the former Boca Juniors prospect is expected to compete with Joe Hart for the number one jersey, following the departure of backup Costel Pantilimon to Sunderland earlier this summer.

The England international’s form called into question during 2013-14, after a series of errors which saw him dropped from the lineup for a time, Caballero should provide solid competition given both his experience and notable reputation back in Spain.

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