Joe Hart is expected to leave Manchester City after the arrival of Claudio Bravo at the club.
Pep Guardiola has already made it quite clear that the English goalkeeper isn’t a part of his future plans, after he was left on the bench in the opening two fixtures of the Premier League.
However, it now appears Joe Hart could be heading to Italy. According to Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Serie A side Torino are keen on signing Joe Hart on loan for the rest of the season.
In fact, Torino have already opened negotiations with Manchester City to sign Hart. The Premier League side are hoping to find a team that could pay some of his €3.8m/season wages.
It’s unlikely Torino will be able to match that, but they are still hoping for an agreement. The Serie A side, however, face competition from Sunderland, who could pay more wages than Torino.
Di Marzio says Sunderland enjoy a good rapport with Manchester City, and that could be crucial. Torino are expected to make new contacts for Joe Hart in the next few hours, but in the end, but even if they pay more of Hart’s wages, the goalkeeper will have the final say.
Torino finished 12th last season in Serie A, and they have no Champions League or Europea League football to look forward. Hart is of a better standard than Torino, but being a goalkeeper he faces the problem of finding a space.
That’s why, for the goalkeeper at least, it would have been far better to organise a move at the beginning of the transfer window rather than at the end.