Manchester City have reportedly set an asking price of £30m for erstwhile No.1 Joe Hart and have rejected the possibility of a loan move.
The Sun report that Manchester City have rejected the idea of England international Joe Hart leaving the club on a temporary basis this season. The City hierarchy have asked potential suitors to cough up £30m in order to get a hold of the 29-year-old.
Joe Hart joined Manchester City from Shrewsbury Town almost 10 years ago and is widely considered a club icon by City fans around the world. The Englishman has been the first choice for the Citizens for six straight seasons, but has been relegated to the bench after Pep Guardiola’s arrival as the Spaniard is looking to find a goalkeeper with more technical ability on the ball.
Hart has been ever-present for Manchester City over the past six seasons, missing a total of just 12 Premier League matches in this period. With Willy Caballero being preferred in the first two games and with the imminent arrival of Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo, Hart’s time at the Etihad seems to be at an end.
Everton have been linked with Joe Hart for a while now, with the Toffees’ majority investor Farhad Moshiri a reported fan of the England international. Ronald Koeman’s side might face some complications in negotiations with City as the two clubs were involved in a bitter war over the fee involving the transfer of English defender John Stones.
Joe Hart is likely to leave Etihad in search of first-team football and Manchester City are unlikely to keep Hart against his wish as the club still have enormous respect for the England international. He would most likely choose to stay in the Premier League having established himself in England, rather than moving abroad with Dortmund and starting afresh in a new league.
Everton are in need of a strong presence in goal ever since the departure of Tim Howard and the vastly experienced Manchester City keeper would be an ideal fit for Koeman’s side.