The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are ready to wave goodbye to Joe Hart this summer after a 12 year association with the club.
Joe Hart’s contract with the Citizens is set to expire today after a glittering career in Manchester which has been tarnished by his fall from grace in recent seasons. The 31-year-old has lost his place as both City’s number one and England’s number one in a nightmare few years for a goalkeeper who was once considered one of the world’s best.
Meanwhile, Claudio Bravo has two years remaining on his current deal at the Etihad Stadium, but the supporters are hoping he will depart before his contract reaches its expiry date and, considering how poor the Chile international has been since arriving from Barcelona, Pep Guardiola would be wise to offload him this summer.
If City’s ruthless manager decides to usher Bravo out of the exit door this summer along with Hart, he will need to sign a backup goalkeeper who is both reliable and experienced in the Premier League. Bravo’s struggle to adapt to life at Man City has illuminated how difficult it can be for goalkeepers to make the transition to English football, so Guardiola must take this into consideration when he delves into the transfer market.
With that in mind, City should make a bid to sign the recently relegated England international Ben Foster to support Ederson next season. Foster would help City to fill their quota of English players, has plenty of experience in the Premier League and would represent a much stronger option than Bravo between the sticks.
West Brom’s relegation to the Championship last season will certainly bring his price down this summer, and, with time running out for Foster to claim silverware at 35-years-old, a move to the Etihad will certainly carry a certain appeal, even if he was forced to play the role of Ederson’s understudy.
Foster would represent a pragmatic and fair-priced solution to Guardiola’s back-up keeper conundrum, so City should certainly test the water by making an enquiry for the former Man United employee in the coming weeks. His history with the Red Devils should not impact on City’s chances of completing a deal for his services, as he only made 23 first-team appearances during a 5-year association with the club.
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