Manchester City are lowering their £5million asking price for goalkeeper Joe Hart with the closure of England’s transfer window drawing nearer, The Times reports.
Hart, 31, made two second half appearances for City on their pre-season tour of the United States and Pep Guardiola praised the fan favourite for his good attitude.
However, Joe is not in Pep’s plans with Ederson firmly established as the number one choice and Claudio Bravo a suitable back-up option who utilises a style Guardiola prefers from his goalkeepers.
To try and help Hart relaunch his career with a permanent move, City are dropping their demand for £5million and will be flexible on they accept now to the extent that he could even go on a free transfer.
Hart’s salary has proven an issue in trying to sell the England international, leading to him having loan spells at Torino and West Ham in the past two seasons. This summer, the player wants to move on permanently and end his long stay at City.
Turkish giants Fenerbahce are one of several continental clubs to have shown interest and Hart’s future may again be abroad, with a lack of takers in England. Chelsea has been a rumoured destination for the veteran, but appear to have identified other targets.
With foreign transfer windows closing after England’s, City can still sell Hart after the domestic window shuts if a suitable offer arrives.
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