Despite summer signing Claudio Bravo failing to impress at Manchester City, Joe Hart feels there is no way back into Pep Guardiola’s side and expects to be sold permanently at the end of the season when his spell with Torino comes to a close.
Ruthlessly axed by Guardiola in the summer, with the Catalan boss wanting a goalkeeper with stronger abilities with their feet, Hart was shipped off on-loan to Turin for the season- and he believes he won’t make another appearance in Manchester City’s colours.
Many Citizens fans would like to see Hart back in the side but the loan with Torino does not include a recall option and recent reports have linked Manchester City with signing a new goalkeeper at the end of the season, pushing Hart closer to an exit.
Whilst Torino have expressed a desire to sign the 29-year-old England international on a permanent basis but chairman Urbano Cairo has already admitted that a deal would be difficult to finance, due to the fee they’d have to pay and Hart’s contract demands.
Back in December, the Torino man said:
“We will enjoy Hart and cuddle him, but we know he’s not our player and his wages are not accessible for us. We’ll see what we’re going to do in June.”
“I like him, but the January transfer market is never banal. Torino remain my priority, we are targeting Europe and declared that from the start of the season. I would’ve liked to aim for the Champions League, but one must balance the books.”
Qualifying for Europe would help Torino’s financial structure but sat eighth in the table and five points behind seventh spot, it won’t be easy for Torino to compete with the sides ahead of them- which include both Milan outfits and Atalanta, whilst Fiorentina are right on their heels.
With Joe Hart’s current contract with the Citizens, a move to Europe is difficult for a side to secure as the more established clubs already have their number ones and the lesser sides will find it difficult to finance a deal.
Back in the summer, Hart’s contract was said to be worth £120k-a-week in Manchester and his demands for a new side would likely be similar. Although it’s possible he’ll accept a wage-cut, it’s unlikely it will drop beneath six figures.
For that reason, a stay in the Premier League is most likely but it’s anyone’s guess where he ends up. West Ham were recently tipped as favourites for his signature but other sides may also swoop- with Merseyside duo Everton and Liverpool both touted as potential destinations at earlier points this season.