Asking price set for Joe Hart’s Manchester City departure: Here’s three clubs he could join over the summerPublished February 21, 2017
The search is on for Joe Hart to find a new club after the Manchester City goalkeeper was reportedly told he could leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.
Currently on loan at Serie A side Torino, the 29-year-old quickly fell out of favour with new Citizens manager Pep Guardiola, and, according to the Times, has now been made available for a permanent transfer for a fee of around £20 million.
Here are three clubs that could be interested in his services during the close season.
The Stamford Bridge outfit should be in the market for at least one top class goalkeeper over the summer, as doubts remain over the future of both Thibaut Courtois and backup Asmir Begovic, who have been linked with Real Madrid and Bournemouth respectively.
If one departs, a player of Hart’s experience would surely be of value to a team of Chelsea’s ilk. Indeed, rumours of a summer move to the Blues for Hart have already begun, with Calciomercato claiming that officials from the west London club met the goalkeeper’s representatives in Milan a few weeks ago with a view to a potential transfer.
Another top six side who could be on the lookout for a new stopper during the close season are Liverpool.
Loris Karius has so far failed to convince between the sticks for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and after replacing him in goal for the Anfield side, Belgian Simon Mignolet has also faltered in recent weeks.
Hart would be a substantial improvement on either, with Liverpool already sounding out a summer deal if the Metro is to be believed.
Hart came close to sealing a loan move to Everton back in August, only for Ronald Koeman to pull the plug at the last-minute.
That particular deal might still be revived, though, as the Dutchman aims to bring in a new No.1 to take over from Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg.
Previously, the £20m asking price would have been a substantial obstacle for the Toffees, but backed by new billionaire stakeholder, the Merseysiders now have the cash to complete such a high-profile switch.