Manchester United identify Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart as De Gea replacement – report

Joe Hart could make the controversial jump from Manchester City to Manchester United this summer according to Jose Mourinho mouthpiece Duncan Castles in the Daily Record.

Any deal would depend on two things – firstly, David De Gea leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid, with the Reds demanding a world record fee for a goalkeeper for the 26-year-old, who is not likely force a move despite wanting to play for the Madrid giants at some point in his career. The second question is whether City would be willing to sell Hart to United, with the two clubs never happy to do business with one another.

Hart remains surplus to Pep Guardiola’s requirements and while Mourinho is conscious that City may not want to sell the England goalkeeper to their fiercest rivals, their options to sell elsewhere appear limited. Liverpool have already ruled out a move for Hart, while Arsenal and Tottenham are happy with their goalkeepers. This leaves only Chelsea as a top six side who may need a new goalkeeper besides United, with Thibaut Courtois also linked with Real Madrid.

Castles claims that Hart is open to joining United, something that was backed up recently by Tim Rich of The Independent. While it wouldn’t please many Blues if Hart moved to Old Trafford, few could blame him with Pep having no interest in retaining him at the club.

Hart’s replacement at Manchester City, Claudio Bravo, has failed to impress in his debut season in England, and City are thought to be in the market for another goalkeeper, with Ederson Moraes of Benfica the most commonly linked name.

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