Both Newcastle United and West Ham have made approaches to take Joe Hart on loan.
However, it is now widely reported that the two clubs were rebuffed, with Manchester City making clear that after a year on loan at Torino, they are not prepared to allow another temporary move.
Pep Guardiola has made clear that England’s number one keeper hasn’t got a future at the Etihad but at the same time the Man City manager is desperate to bring in as much extra cash as possible, to ensure he can bring in the players he does want to be playing this coming season.
Despite the wealth of the club’s owners, Manchester City still have to be mindful of FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules and so need to go some way to balancing the books.
Recent figures showed that in the Premier League era, Man City have brought in 25 different signings who cost at least £20m each, whilst only selling three players for that amount.
The tightening of the rules and potential penalties of a transfer embargo, means that even they have to accept they are living in the real world, whatever that is in this 2017 Premier League era.
Manchester City have told West Ham and Newcastle that Joe Hart has a price tag of £18m, then the keeper’s current £120,000 a week wages would almost certainly have to be at least matched as well.
However, The Mail report that their information is that Joe Hart would prefer a move to Newcastle over West Ham.
With the Premier League clubs at the top having some of the best goalkeepers in the world already in position, then for Joe Hart to stay in England, you would almost certainly be looking at a club outside the top handful – unless possibly one of them loses their keeper this summer.
Some people have laughed at the idea of an £18m valuation of Joe Hart but in this summer’s market, what is a fair price for anybody?
Jordan Pickford has joined Everton for what will be an eventual £30m transfer fee and he has only played 31 Premier League matches, letting in a hatful of goals.
Obviously he has potential but Joe Hart is a double Premier League winner with a number of other trophy wins, played a lot of Champions League football, and is still England’s number one with 71 caps.
At 30 years of age he probably has at least six or seven years left at the top level and if at anywhere near his best would be a real asset for any Premier League club.