Pep Guardiola has wasted no time in making his mark on Manchester City since arriving at the Etihad in July.
The Spaniard has splashed more than £180 million on new signings during his brief tenure, but the situation between him and Joe Hart seems to be drawing the most attention.
Guardiola has made no secret of the fact he does not intend to include the England international in his first team plans – a revelation that has caused a great deal of unrest among City fans.
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With a replacement first-choice goalkeeper now confirmed in Claudio Bravo, Guardiola has one last bit of business to attend to before the summer transfer period ends on Wednesday.
City are running short on time to offload Hart and could take drastic action to ensure he is off the books before the window slams shut.
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The Mirror reports that the Sky Blues are prepared to pay a huge chunk of Hart’s £120,000-per-week wages in order to boost his chances of securing a move elsewhere.
City are willing to fork out up to £90,000 of the 29-year-old’s weekly earnings if another club puts up their hand to offer him an escape route on loan.
Guardiola has warned the England No. 1 he could spend most of his campaign watching from the touchline as part of a rotation policy if he fails to find a new club by Wednesday.
“We’re going to speak about the situation in the last days. We’re going to decide the best for Joe, but for Willy Caballero and Angus Gunn as well,” he said.
“It’s not an ideal situation, but I will respect their contracts and the situation. I will be clear what will be the solution.
“If all four stay here, the best solution is for everybody to be involved in our idea. They are going to be involved in our idea.
“They’re going to be in rotation, part of that. So for Joe, Willy and Angus, it won’t be the same one who is always on the bench.
While his current employers are supposedly open to contributing a sizeable portion of his salary, Hart has so far struggled to attract any serious interest from other clubs.
Sunderland has emerged as potential destination with first-choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone sidelined for at least three months with an elbow injury.
It appears Hart now has no other options than to accept a move to a less glamorous club or risk fighting for his place between the sticks at the Etihad.