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Manchester City round-up: Torino want Hart to stay; leading race for Real Madrid star; Pickford catches Guardiola’s eye

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Italian Serie A side Torino have expressed their desire to keep outcast Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart once his loan spell comes to an end according to the Manchester Evening News.

 

Reports this morning claim that Torino president Urbano Cairo has shown interest in keeping Hart at the club past the end of the current campaign, when the City man’s season-long loan runs out.

Speaking about the Hart situation, Cairo said:

“With him there is an excellent relationship. He is happy to stay in Turin and we can work on it.

“It depends very much on City but I think Hart would be pleased to remain at Toro, then we will talk to City about the idea and what they want to do.”

The 29-year-old has impressed since his arrival in Italy over the summer, keeping six clean sheets so far this season as Torino have comfortably entered the top half of the Serie A table.

One player who does look set to be at the Etihad next seasons is Real Madrid midfielder Isco, with The Sun reporting that the 24-year-old is getting set for a summer move to Manchester City.

 

The report alleges that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is growing in confidence about securing a deal worth £30 million for the Spanish playmaker, whose contract runs out at Madrid next year.

Guardiola appears to have beaten off competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Serie A giants Juventus to acquire the signature of Isco, with both sides showing interest in recent weeks.

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Isco has had a distinct lack of game-time at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, only managing to start 12 of Real Madrid’s 25 games as Los Blancos sit a point above rivals Barcelona at the top of the table.

Another potential target during Manchester City’s upcoming summer of spending, according to reports in the Daily Mail today, is young Sunderland and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

 

The report claims that the 23-year-old, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, is the latest player on Pep Guardiola’s wish list as the Spaniard looks to increase the number of homegrown players at City.

However, the City manager has voiced concerns about the cost of up-and-coming English talent, with the Citizens forking out over £100 million in the past two years to sign Raheem Sterling and John Stones.

Talking last week about rising prices, Guardiola said:

“I would like to have English players. People don’t believe me, but I would like. But they are so expensive. I would like to play with them. When I was at Barcelona I liked to play with locals. When I was in Germany I liked local, because they feel something special.

‘Sometimes it is not possible. The market is the market. That is why the club has worked with the academy for a long time, thinking about the next years – with me or without me.”

Sunderland goalkeeper Pickford has impressed in his breakthrough season in the Premier League, producing some strong individual performances despite the Black Cats’ perilous league position.

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