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Man City keeper ready for Etihad exit

The Manchester City fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern have been toasting Claudio Bravo’s arrival overnight – but reports this evening concerning a genuine club legend have dampened their spirits slightly…

For many here in the Football Transfer Tavern, when Manchester City confirmed that Claudio Bravo had signed for the club, Joe Hart’s fate had been sealed.

Many expect him to leave the club since being dropped on the opening day of the Premier League season, as Bravo’s signing has seemingly pushed Hart down to third-choice at City – whilst our Landlord has always maintained that Hart is a deserved number one.

Even a clean sheet on his final appearance, a Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest – couldn’t force the English keeper back into the team, with the appearance interpreted by many as a final goodbye to the Etihad faithful.

The City fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are devastated about the news, and they know there will only be one outcome to this saga.

Now, that situation looks set to conclude faster than first thought – with the England international reportedly changing his demands with regards to a move.

According to The Sun, the 29-year-old is now willing to take a massive pay cut in order to leave the Sky Blues this summer, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool thought to be his preferred destination.

Interestingly, they add that thus far Klopp has shown no interest in the stopper – but will this change his mind?

It is worth noting that the Reds recently purchased in German stopper Loris Karius, who is expected to become the club’s first-choice upon his return from injury. Where would a potential deal for Joe Hart leave the German shot stopper?

A big question being asked by some of the punters here in the Football Transfer Tavern is what exactly would a Premier League club get with the signing of Joe Hart? Has he ever been as good as the English press have made him out to be?

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Well, according to the table above – courtesy of whoscored.com, he has.  The table shows Hart consistently performing as a No.1 for Manchester City, during a spell in which his side won a host of huge trophies.

Even last season, a relatively poor one by his standards, saw his form remain steady. A few key mistakes cost City some points, sure – but what player doesn’t go through a rough patch?

Above anything else, our landlord thinks it’s absolutely baffling that none of the big clubs are coming in for Hart – has every club forgotten just how good he is?

Premier League fans – we want to hear from you! Man City – do you want Hart to leave? Liverpool – would you take him at Anfield? Everyone else – Would you be interested if your club was looking at Hart?

Let us know below!


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