Joe Hart is considering Serie A switch

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Joe Hart is set for a few very busy days this week.

The closure of the summer transfer window is so close that teams across Europe are desperately trying to find new players during the last opportunity they will get to strengthen their squads before January.

But Manchester City are less concerned with incomings and their focus is actually on trying to find a new club for their English goalkeeper.

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Claudio Bravo's arrival at the Etihad last week was effectively the final nail in the coffin for Hart who has dropped down the pecking order since Pep Guardiola took the reins.

Guardiola has doubted the 29-year-old's ability with the ball at his feet and has, therefore, made him available for sale before Wednesday's 11pm deadline.

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It has caused quite a stir across Europe as teams weigh up the possibility of signing one of the most reliable keepers around, probably for a very respectable fee.

Initially, it looked like Hart would be staying in the Premier League with Everton the early frontrunners, but there have since been a series of twists that point towards Serie A being his most likely destination.

The Guardian believe Hart is seriously considering a move to Torino to avoid his career stagnating in Manchester.

The Serie A side's sporting director Gianluca Petrachi has admitted their interest in the England international but insisted that he is not their only target.

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“The goalkeeper is an idea we wanted to follow. If it’s Hart then good, otherwise we will certainly be doing something on the market for that role," Petrachi said.

But Torino are not the only Italian club interested in the City keeper. The bookies would appear to have some insight in Hart's next potential club as they have slashed the odds for Napoli to be his future employers.

At the time of writing, Ladbrokes have Maurizio Sarri's side down at evens while SkyBet rank the likelihood of the move at 4/7, according to Oddschecker.

Ex-Liverpool star Pepe Reina is currently Napoli's first choice between the sticks but Hart would certainly give him stiff competition to be in the starting XI.

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As of yet, there are barely any major publications running the Hart-Napoli rumour so not much is known about how serious their interest actually is but it would make sense.

Hart would still be playing in the Champions League and competing for domestic honours whereas, most of his other options are less likely to challenge for any silverware.

His immediate concern will be trying to convince Sam Allardyce he is still England's No.1. Securing first-team football for this season will certainly boost his chances of that, though.

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