Joe Hart on Wednesday made his first appearance of the season – and what could be his last for Manchester City, with the goalkeeper reportedly set to leave following the imminent arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.
Here’s a look at where the England international may end up.
Reports have suggested Everton have shown interest in Hart, and while boss Ronald Koeman would not comment on that directly last week, he did indicate he could be looking to sign another goalkeeper. That is perhaps surprising given the fine start Maarten Stekelenburg has made to life with the Toffees and the fact that Joel Robles is also at the club, but Koeman said he felt the Merseyside outfit “need three goalkeepers” to choose from. However, there have been subsequent suggestions that Hart’s wages are putting Everton off.
Another club to reportedly have been eyeing a move for Hart are Sevilla, the side who have won the Europa League for the past three years. In many ways that would appear an attractive option for him â although there is a feeling that the kind of reservations City’s ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola has about the player could be shared by others within Spanish football, making such a move unlikely.
Liverpool have also been linked with Hart, and there are reasons why it seems to make sense. The Reds’ summer signing Lorius Karius is out recovering from surgery to repair a broken hand, while there have been plenty of questions about Simon Mignolet. And, certainly, a switch to a club of the stature of Liverpool would look appealing for Hart.
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Hart was giving little away about his future after playing in yesterday’s victory over Steaua Bucharest, referring to a “situation” to which a “solution” would be found. He might view the solution as working hard at the club to prove to Guardiola he can be his number one – he is contracted to City until the summer of 2019 after all. If that is the case, though, it looks like it would be entirely away from the first-team picture â potentially jeopardising his England prospects â that Hart would have to do that work, at least at first, with it expected that Willy Caballero will be back-up to Bravo.
Odds taken from Paddy Power.