Manchester City will allow their on-loan shot-stopper Joe Hart to leave the club for any of the top six Premier League sides if their valuation of £20m is met, according to the reports of The Times.
Hart, who is on loan at Torino, certainly is not in the plans of Pep Guardiola and to fill the void left by the Englishman, the former Bayern Munich boss bought Claudio Bravo from Barcelona, but the Chilean international has been a disaster so far. But it is still understood that Pep do not really see Joe Hart as his number 1 stopper.
With summer transfer window approaching, it is now reported that the Citizens won’t stand in Hart’s way should he wishes to join any rival club, but the only roadblock would be his valuation of £20million and also his wage demand of around £100,000 a week.
Amongst the top six Premier League sides, Arsenal and Liverpool were the clubs who were reportedly willing to add the 29-year-old to their roster and this news will certainly come as a huge boost for the clubs. Arsenal, firstly, will be having one of the busiest transfer periods as both Sanchez and Ozil are yet to put pen to the papers, while Wenger’s future is under heavy scrutiny.
In the midst of all this, their number one shot-stopper, Petr Cech, isn’t getting any younger and they might need an experienced hand in between the stick, hence, buying a goalie should be their one of the many priorities.
Liverpool, on their part, are in need of a safe pair of hands in the box, who can dictate the central defenders well at times, and Joe Hart certainly fits the bill. Both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have been extreme catastrophic thus far and it is well expected that one of them will be sold in the summer window. And if that is the case, the English international would be a perfect fit for the Merseysiders.
Hart is not only an experienced personnel in the sport, but he is also entirely aware of the style of the Premier League, hence, he certainly will be a trusted lawman. But then again, his reported wage demand of £100,000 a week would be an obvious stumbling block, as both the aforementioned clubs are quite strict about their wage structure.
But besides all of it, the negotiation might take a U-turn as Hart’s current club – Torino – are interested in keeping him permanently in Italy and are ready to pay a hefty fee of around £15m.
He is not short of suitors Pep!