Pep Guardiola was always going to shake things up at Manchester City and it hasn’t taken long for him to do just that.
The Spanish manager shocked everyone by leaving out Joe Hart in favour of Willy Caballero on Saturday for their opening match of the Premier League season against Sunderland.
Despite Guardiola hinting that Hart may be given an opportunity in the Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharesti, the manager, once again, opted for Caballero.
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It casts further doubt over the future of the England goalkeeper with just two weeks remaining of the transfer window.
The 29-year-old is highly unlikely to be willing to sit on the bench for the rest of the campaign, so where will he be heading?
Two clubs interested
Well, it’s clear that there are two clubs interested: Sevilla and Everton.
Sky Sports reporter, Vinny O'Connor, has explained the two options for Hart.
"There is reported interest from Sevilla in Spain but I think the preferred option would be to remain in the Premier League, and to that end, Everton could possibly be an option,” he said.
Hart wants loan
And now, BBC’s David Ornstein has provided another update.
Ornstein also claims that both Everton and Sevilla are keen the sign the ‘keeper, but that Hart wants a loan, rather than a permanent move.
With Hart apparently wanting to remain in the Premier League, and only wanting a season-long loan, all signs point to a move from Everton.
Why Everton want Hart
O’Connor has explained that, despite the addition of Maarten Stekelenburg and already having Joel Robles in their squad, Ronald Koeman would be keen to bring Hart to Goodison Park.
"Certainly, Everton are looking to bolster their goalkeeping ranks further following the acquisition of Maarten Stekelenburg, who made a decent debut against Spurs at the weekend, but Everton are looking for an established number one and [would be] interested in someone of the calibre of Joe Hart,” he said.
Despite Caballero being selected ahead of Hart, it doesn’t appear that Guardiola wants him as his long-term number one. That’s because, according to numerous reports, the club are closing in on a deal to sign Barcelona ‘keeper Claudio Bravo in a £17 million deal.
So, it seems Hart won’t be leaving City for good this summer with a loan move his preferred option. There are bound to be plenty of clubs interested to take him on a 12-month basis.
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