Watford are the latest club to express an interest in Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is on the market for around £18million this summer.
A combination of City’s asking price and Hart’s £120,000-a-week wages have meant no formal offers to buy him have arrived yet, with West Ham and Newcastle reported to have asked about loan deals.
City are said to be adamant about selling Hart this summer rather than sanction another loan switch, and The Guardian is reporting that Watford are the latest club keen on recruiting England’s number one.
The question now is will Watford be willing to finance a permanent deal for Hart or become the latest club to ask for the 30-year-old on loan? If offers fail to arrive soon, City may be forced to drop Hart’s asking price or agree to a second loan deal in as many seasons.
Hart’s stock has fallen since he was frozen out by Pep Guardiola, who opted to sign Claudio Bravo and, after the Chilean’s struggle to settle, Ederson Moraes as Man City’s first-choice goalkeeper. An average season on loan at Torino didn’t help City’s attempts to sell Hart, who will have to return to the CFA for preseason soon if a buyer isn’t found.
Hart will not be joining the City squad for the tour of the USA later this month, and will be left behind along with Eliaquim Mangala, Jason Denayer, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony.