Torino have made their position clear on England’s number one Joe Hart and that is they want him back on loan for a second year or will have to say ‘ciao’ to a man who has become something of a hero at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
The Granata are hoping that a lack of bids from English sides could convince Manchester City to return him on loan for another season, with Hart said to be open to the idea of continuing his adventure in Serie A.
However, realistically there is bound to be some interest in England’s first-choice goalkeeper from the Premier League, with City hoping to recoup around £15 million ahead of what could be an unprecedented spending spree this summer.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference today (via ESPN FC), Torino boss, Siniša Mihajlović, confirmed newspaper reports that the club can only manage a loan deal, with the fee City want well out of their range.
“I would like Hart to stay at Torino, but we know – the club and him too – that we can’t buy him,” Mihajlović told the Italian press.
“At the most, we can take him on loan for another year, but it depends on what Manchester City want to do and what he wants too.
“We would like to know this soon because if we have Hart here next year then that is one thing, but if not we have to make other plans. Torino can only take him on loan for another year so it is up to City to decide, but we need a decision quickly so we can plan the future.”
For Torino, it seems like an unlikely dream, unless somehow, a single reasonable offer doesn’t arrive for Joe Hart. And with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and West Ham all thought to be interested, City will be hoping to get a transfer fee for one of the club’s longest serving players.