Joe Hart could prolong his Italian adventure by staying at Torino, according to club president Urbano Cairo.
Speaking to the Italian press, as reported by GianlucaDiMarzio.com, the 59-year-old Italian businessman sounded cautiously optimistic about the Granata’s chances of keeping England’s number one.
Cairo said, “Joe Hart? We have an excellent relationship with him. He is happy to stay in Turin and we can work on it.”
Much will depend on Manchester City, who could receive big offers from Premier League clubs. Would City sell Hart at a discount to Serie A in order to keep him away from a rival Premier League club? Cairo isn’t sure what City plans, and said, “It depends on City, but I think Hart would be happy to remain at Torino. We’ll see what City have in mind and want to do.”
A host of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and West Ham, have been linked with a swoop for 29-year-old Hart, with a price tag of around £20 million mooted.
Despite some impressive performances for Torino and improved pass accuracy stats compared to his time at City (66.8% this season compared to 52.6% last season), there appears to be no way back for Hart under Pep Guardiola, despite the failure (so far) of Claudio Bravo.
City have been linked with the likes of Ederson Moraes (Benfica) and Samir Handanović (Inter), with a real possibility that a high profile goalkeeper could be signed for the second year running.