Joe Hart's future at Manchester City was in doubt from the moment Pep Guardiola took charge.
No sooner than the Spaniard arrived did reports suggest he wanted to sign Barcelona's Marc Andre ter Stegen, amidst a desire to sign a technically-gifted goalkeeper.
And when it came to the new season, Guardiola's plans for Hart were confirmed when he picked Willy Caballero over the Englishman for games against Sunderland, Steaua Bucuresti and, most recently, Stoke City.
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Hart has been told he can leave by Guardiola, too: "I don't want players to stay if they don't want. If they want to stay, stay and we will fight together.
"Maybe Joe will stay here and be a player who will fight with the other goalkeepers to convince me to play him. That is the way it is - nothing has changed."
Well, there's been a fresh development in the saga - and it doesn't look good for Hart.
According to the Daily Mail, City's director of football, Txiki Begiristain, has told the England international face-to-face that he should leave this summer.
The club's hierarchy - and Guardiola - believe Hart could become an 'unwanted distraction' and that it would be best for all parties if he brought his 10-year spell at the Etihad to an end.
Quite why City are so desperate to sell their No.1 is largely unknown but they already have a replacement lined up: Claudio Bravo.
A deal for the Barcelona shot-stopper has reportedly been agreed, with fine details left to be finalised before he completes a £20 million move.
What Bravo will undoubtedly bring to the Etihad is composure at the back. All too often in Spain was the 33-year-old seen spraying passes to the back four, even when clearing the ball seemed the smarter option.
This is exactly what Guardiola wants from his 'keeper.
"The first thing I am looking for from the goalkeeper is to save," the former Bayern Munich manager added. "After that he has to be able to play with the ball.
"He has to be help us to create a good build-up. That is why I am here."
Where Hart's future lies remains to be seen, but a move to Everton seems most likely, whether it be on loan or permanently.
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