Manchester City can expect plenty of enquiries about Joe Hart in the coming days.
After all, who wouldn’t want to sign a goalkeeper who has won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup, and played in a Champions League semi-final?
Hart has become available after the arrival of Claudio Bravo at the Etihad Stadium and there’s every chance he isn’t a Man City player by Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
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One of the clubs that has been linked with a move for the 29-year-old is Premier League rivals Liverpool. Fans certainly wouldn’t be disappointed to see Hart arrive given their current goalkeeper predicament.
Simon Mignolet just isn’t cutting it at a club with ambitions of cracking the top four, while Loris Karius is recovering from a broken hand he suffered in pre-season.
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The Reds bought in veteran Alex Manninger but he will only be included in the starting XI as a last resort.
So, having conceded three against Arsenal and two against Burnley, signing Hart doesn’t appear like the worst option, provided the right price can be agreed.
No interest from Liverpool
But Liverpool fans can hold off buying their ‘Hart’ jerseys. According to the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp has no interest in signing the England number one.
The Echo claims that Klopp is happy with his goalkeeping trio and doesn’t want to add another.
That makes sense. Karius will most likely become the club’s first-choice ‘keeper upon his return and it shouldn’t be too long before he’s back in training.
The Germany Under-21 international is making good progress from the broken hand he suffered against Chelsea and could be raring to go before the end of September.
Knowing that Karius’ return is nearing, Liverpool can put up with Mignolet in the coming matches.
City want Hart to be happy
City sporting director Txiki Begiristain confirmed that they are looking for a buyer for Hart.
“We will try to find a good solution for everybody,” Begiristain said, per the Daily Mail. “We now have one week to make him happy and find a club where he has a real chance. We will try and help him because he deserves it.”
The Citizens would most like accept a cut-price for Hart in an attempt to recoup some of the money they’ve spent this summer. The biggest challenge, however, will be finding a team willing to take on his £135,000-a-week wages.