Manchester City are willing to offer Joe Hart to Torino on loan for yet another season, so as to persuade the Italian club to send Andrea Belotti to the Etihad.
Andrea Belotti has been in super form this season, and the youngster already has 24 goals to his name from the 27 games he has played in all competitions so far. And having become the youngster striker in Europe’s top five leagues to reach 20 goals in the ongoing campaign, he has attracted massive interest from several European topdogs.
As per some newly emerging reports from CalcioMercato, Premier League giants Manchester City are the newest candidates to enter the race for the striker’s services. The Citizens will now compete with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid in this transfer battle.
However, master tactician Pep Guardiola has a way to tip the scales in his club’s favour. As per The Sun, the Sky Blues are set to make themselves the favourites for the 23-year-old’s signature, by offering their out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart to Torino for yet another season.
The Englishman fell largely out of favour after the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Mancunian club, and he was subsequently loaned out to the Serie A club for regular game time. And now, it looks like the goalkeeper’s services will be offered to Torino in exchange for Belotti.
Joe Hart himself believes his time with City may soon be approaching a permanent end. The 29-year-old was recently quoted as saying: “I’d say I’m pretty much surplus to requirements at my parent club at the moment and I don’t see that changing.”
Hart’s comments do make this potential swap deal more likely, but the fact remains that Manchester City will have to pay a lot of money nonetheless if they are to sign the Italian forward, as Torino chairman Urbano Cairo has already made clear.
Cairo told Sky Sports Italia: “We set Belotti’s clause and it’s true that we would be forced to sell him abroad for that sum (€100m) if he agreed to the move.”