Joe Hart will be allowed to leave Manchester City for a cut-price fee at the end of the season, reports the Sun.
The England goalkeeper is spending the rest of the campaign at Serie A side Torino, but in the summer he is expected to be sold altogether having failed to impress new boss Pep Guardiola.
Under normal circumstances, a player of Hart's fame and calibre would no doubt command a huge transfer fee, though in this case, City are going to make an exception.
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As a thank you for the stopper's service - which has seen him win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and two League Cups - the Citizens will let him leave for just a fraction of the transfer fee he would usually earn them.
And that's not all. Hart still has three years left on his £120,000 a week deal, so the Etihad outfit are willing to pay him £9million of that because he has been such a top servant over the years.
The 29-year-old's age could have made clubs reluctant to move for him next year, but that should no longer be a problem as he'll be coming at a knockdown price.
Claudio Bravo is the man who has replaced him following a £17million move from Barcelona, and there's no danger of him falling out of favour with Guardiola, since the manager has now had the chance to make the City squad his own.
Nonetheless, Hart's departure is all very sudden after a decade which has seen him make 266 appearances.
On the surface, it may seem that City are so desperate to get rid of him that they are willing to take a significant financial hit to get any potential deal over the line. The reality is very different, though, as it's understood it's simply a recognition of all he has done for the club.
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