Jun 12, 2017

Manchester City round-up: Joe Hart’s future in limbo; Real Madrid’s Isco to snub move; Benfica’s Grimaldo targeted

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According to reports in The Sun, the future of out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is currently in limbo after receiving no concrete offers from elsewhere.

Hart – who spent last season out on-loan at Italian side Torino after a fall-out with City boss Pep Guardiola – is set to return to training next month despite the recent signing of Ederson Moraes.

Talking after England’s 2-2 draw with Scotland at the weekend, Hart said:

“I need an offer first, then I can work out my options. I’ve got nothing at the moment. My situation now is interesting and patience is going to be the key.

“I have not spoken to City. They have obviously signed a new keeper and I get the direction where they are going. I just want to play football — and I want to play at the highest possible level.”

The England number one was heavily criticised for his part in Scotland’s goals on Saturday, with Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths scoring two free-kicks in the space of three minutes past the 30-year-old.

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But Sky Sports have claimed this afternoon that West Ham are willing to offer him a loan for next season – due to his high wage deal – should he not get a permanent offer from another club.

Meanwhile, reports coming from Spain have suggested that Manchester City are still enquiring about Real Madrid playmaker Isco – despite the Spanish side initiating contract talks with the player.

Don Balon claim that the 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who is entering the final year of his contract next season, is a long way off securing a new deal, amid reports he wants a wage increase.

And this has opened the door for Pep Guardiola to show his interest in the Spaniard, claiming that the City boss has asked about a potential move to the Etihad for the next Premier League campaign.

Isco played an integral part in the second half of Real Madrid’s double-winning season, scoring ten and assisting nine times in La Liga before scoring once on the way to winning the Champions League.

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Lastly, Portuguese reports over the past day are suggesting that Manchester City could be set to raid Benfica once again to secure the signing of highly-rated left-back Alex Grimaldo.

Correio da Manha claim that the 21-year-old defender is now Guardiola’s prime replacement for the released Gael Clichy, despite The Sun suggesting that Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy is close to a move.

It is believed that Benfica could be persuaded into letting Grimaldo leave should City meet their £30.7 million estimation – a number that is considerably less than his release clause of £52.7 million.

Grimaldo would become the second player to make the switch from the Portuguese champions to the Etihad, after goalkeeper Ederson Moraes agreed a £35 million deal last week.

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