Joe Hart may be considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could be set to axe him in the summer.
That’s because, according to The Mirror, Manuel Neuer is one of the Spaniard's dream transfer targets for his new club.
It will be hardly surprising to see Guardiola armed with an huge transfer budget when he arrives at the Etihad as he looks to overhaul the current City squad.
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The 45-year-old sees Neuer, who plays under Guardiola at Bayern Munich, as pivotal in trying to execute his philosophy.
Guardiola likes to play a high defensive-line, with the German acting as a ‘sweeper-keeper’ to mop up any through balls. Neuer is also excellent with the ball at his feet, meaning he can start attacks himself.
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It the reports are true, it means Hart’s future at the Etihad will surely be in doubt.
The England international is unlikely to settle for being second-choice behind Neuer and will seek first-team football elsewhere.
The news comes just days after Hart allowed a tame Adam Lallana shot to creep past him as his side lost 3-0 to Liverpool on Wednesday.
Neuer won't come cheap
City will have to spend big if they want to capture the goalkeeper that was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI in January.
Neuer still has three years left on his current deal and discussions are already underway concerning an improved contract.
The same report states that Neuer’s wage demands are an incredible £300,000-a-week which would make him one of the highest paid players in the world.
it’s unknown whether the Bavarian club will grant their goalkeeper his requested wages, but City would certainly be able to meet such demands.
Supporters of the Citizens may be reluctant for the club to get rid of one of their favourites with Hart being in his ninth season at the club, helping them lift two Premier League titles.
But with Neuer, City would be getting the best goalkeeper in the world.
He has been at Bayern for five seasons, after joining them from Schalke in 2011.
In 2014, he finished third in the Ballon d’Or only being beaten by, yep you guessed it, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the same year he helped his country win the 2014 World Cup and received the Golden Glove award for being the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
Guardiola is likely to have an extremely busy summer at the Manchester club as he attempts to conquer the Premier League like he has done in La Liga with Barcelona and the Bundesliga with Bayern.
But he may need to spend heavily to do so.
The club finished eight points behind Chelsea last season in their quest for consecutive league titles and they are currently ten points behind league leaders Leicester in this campaign - although they do have a game in hand.
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