Joe Hart has made just four Serie A appearances for Torino so far, but has already won the hearts of both the club and fans. A marquee signing bigger than any Torino have seen in a long time, his acquisition on loan from Manchester City was seen as a show of ambition by Il Toro, who are aiming for European qualification.
But what of Joe’s long-term future? Even though he was no longer needed by Pep Guardiola, he is still one of world football’s most recognisable goalkeepers and with more time to plan his future next summer, could appeal to many big clubs in search of a new shot-stopper.
However, according to today’s edition of Tuttosport, Hart has found an apartment in the centre of Turin and is beginning to love the city. Because of this, he is reported to be open to the possibility of staying beyond his one-year loan if an agreement can be struck.
Torino want Joe Hart to stay as long as possible, that much is clear. Finances could be the stumbling block, and they would need Hart to make compromises in order to remain at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
England’s number one currently earns in the region of €4 million per season at City, with a contract running until 2019. Torino would be willing to offer him a contract until 2021, paying him €2 million per season, or €8 million in total – the same as what he would make if he saw out his current City deal.
Because Hart is not in Guardiola’s plans, it is suggested that City could be willing to let the 29-year-old go for a modest fee as thanks for his years of service. Tuttosport suggests Torino could get him for as little as €2 million (£1.7 million), although that may not be what City have in mind if they decide to let him go below his actual value.