In what would undoubtedly be one of the most controversial moves of the Premier League era, the Express report that Pep Guardiola is ready to give his permission to allow goalkeeper Joe Hart to move to city rivals Manchester United after 11 years with the Citizens.
Hart spent last season on loan at Torino, having been frozen out by the ex-Barcelona boss. Now, he is being considered as a potential replacement for United number one David de Gea if the Spaniard makes a move to Real Madrid, with the Spanish club once again being linked with the shot stopper.
It would be a brave move for Guardiola, who did little to win over unconvinced fans in his debut season at the Etihad. While Hart has shown signs that he is no longer the player that he once was, with errors for both club and country in 2017, he is highly thought of in the blue half of Manchester.
It’s also worth remembering that accepting such a move may not even be a choice for Pep Guardiola. On £125,000 per week in wages, Hart would be a costly first choice goalkeeper for most top clubs, let alone third choice. With Benfica’s Ederson having completed a move to the Etihad this summer and Claudio Bravo ready to provide cover, Hart would find himself struggling to even make the match day squad.[interaction id=”5958c0624649b4e34eade6c9"]
West Ham, Everton and Torino have all already been priced out of a move this summer, and it seems unlikely that any of the few clubs who could afford him will make a late move in this transfer window. That could leave United as the only potential suitors.
Hart would be an attractive proposition for Jose Mourinho. Given his wealth of Premier League and Champions League experience, he could provide stability to what is an increasingly young Manchester United defence. On top of that, whilst at £25 million he may not be cheap, that fee would be some way off the kind of money that it would take to sign another world class goalkeeper.
At 30 years of age, Hart still has plenty of time ahead of him in his career and will want to continue to compete at the highest level. At United he could certainly do that. His form may dictate whether or not it proves to be the right call for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, but it seems that having exiled him from the first team, they may have little choice but to agree to sell him to anyone who will take the England number one.
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