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Joe Hart ‘likely to leave’ Manchester City this month, with Everton interested

Joe Hart’s distinguished ten-year spell at Manchester City is almost over, according to Sky Sports News. Two separate sources have informed SSN that Hart’s time at City is coming to an end, with the likelihood being that he will move on in this window.

Hart signed a new contract only two years ago, tying him to the club until 2019, but the arrival of Pep Guardiola and his specific requirements of a goalkeeper have led to speculation for months about Joe’s future. Though a goalkeeper of many strengths, his passing and distribution abilities have always been questioned.

Hart was dropped for the season opener against Sunderland and Willy Caballero is expected to start again tonight against Steaua. In addition to that, there are multiple reports that Barcelona shot-stopper Claudio Bravo is on the verge of a move to the Etihad. Bravo boasted an 84% pass completion rate last season, even higher than Manuel Neuer, and has the skill set Guardiola likes.

Everton are the club most heavily linked with Hart, although Sky claim there has been no formal contact yet. Despite the arrival of Maarten Stekelenburg, who impressed at weekend for Everton, the Merseyside club are still looking for a number one. An initial loan move to Goodison Park has been suggested by several media outlets, with a permanent move to follow.

What do you think? This would be one of the most controversial sales in Manchester City history, but we knew of Guardiola’s history of ruthless decisions in shaping his teams.

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