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Important Update On Chelsea & Liverpool’s Pursuit Of £130,000-A-Week Star
The January transfer window is now closed but we can still look at deals that failed to get across the line and those being lined-up for the summer. Today, Liverpool and Chelsea may struggle to sign Joe Hart this summer…
The Express have reported an important update on Chelsea and Liverpool’s pursuit of Joe Hart and it looks as though the pair are going to struggle to sign the out-of-favour Manchester City keeper this summer.
Hart found himself frozen out of the City first team following the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager last summer with the former Barcelona boss bringing in Claudio Bravo as his new No.1.
The England international was forced to join Torino on a season-long loan deal in search of regular football and although Hart has been a huge hit in Italy, it seems he’s unlikely to be given a chance to resurrect his career at the Etihad next season.
A permanent move this summer is on the cards as City are seemingly keen to get Hart’s £130,000-a-week wages off the books and reports in recent weeks have suggested that he was being offered the chance to stay in the Premier League.
The Mirror reported earlier this month that Liverpool had expressed their interest after holding talks with City officials over a possible deal to sign Hart at the end of the season.
Jurgen Klopp has been urged to bring in an established No.1 with both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet failing to convince this season and I’m sure the Anfield faithful would have welcomed a player of Hart’s quality.
The Express then cited reports coming out of Italy that suggested Chelsea had also held talks with Hart about a move to Stamford Bridge amid constant rumours linking Thibaut Courtois with Real Madrid.
However, it looks as though the English giants are in for disappointment as the Express claim today that Man City have made it clear they aren’t prepared to sell Hart to a domestic rival such as Liverpool or Chelsea.
Instead, the newspaper says that the Citizens will favour doing business with Torino and are prepared to accept a cut-price £15m deal with the Italians in order to make his loan move permanent.
We’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming months but I always doubted whether City would be willing to sell Hart to a top four rival so it looks as though Klopp and Conte are going to have to look elsewhere in their search for a keeper.