Joe Hart’s Manchester City nightmare is set to be resolved before the end of the transfer window, with Barcelona holding the key to his future.
Hart has been demoted to the role of substitute goalkeeper this season, as Pep Guardiola continues to pick Willy Caballero ahead of the England stopper, due to his ability to play out from the back.
If you ask me, Caballero is hardly Paul Scholes when it comes to pinging long balls to the wings, but each to their own.
Everton are very keen to take Hart from the Etihad, but that move depends on City signing Barca’s Claudio Bravo, and that depends on the Catalans signing Jasper Cillessen from Ajax, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Got that? Good, it’s always nice to have a merry-go-round in the transfer market.
Barcelona currently have Marc-Andre Ter Stegen out injured, so they can’t let Bravo go without a replacement, which is why they are interested in Cillessen.
If Luis Enrique’s side get the Dutchman, then they’ll let Bravo go, City will get the keeper they want, and Everton will move for Hart.
Whether that’s on a loan deal or a permanent deal is yet to be decided, with the 29-year-old willing to stay at City in some capacity, but also wanting to play first team football.
There has been some good news for Hart recently though, as new England manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he will be part of his first national squad to face Slovakia.
Speaking about Hart, Allardyce revealed:
He’ll be in the squad definitely but going forward I don’t know what will happen until I’ve spoken to him.
Which club Hart will be picked from remains to be seen, but Ronald Koeman will be hoping he can convince the former Shrewsbury Town ‘keeper to remain in the north west, rather than head for either Sevilla or Borussia Dortmund, who have also shown interest.
Either way, looks like Hart is the first to fall under the reign of Guardiola.