Man City Prepared To Lower Joe Hart's Minuscule Transfer Price Even Further
Manchester City are prepared to lower their asking price of Joe Hart even further, in a bid to get the former England number one goalkeeper off their books.
It seems like a lifetime ago that Hart was offloaded to Torino and everyone was up in arms at then-new manager Pep Guardiola and his handling of the situation. They just could not believe that the Catalan was treating one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League with such disrespect.
But now you could argue that Guardiola was proved right. Nowadays the idea of Hart being anywhere near a title-competing club is almost laughable: the Shrewsbury-born goalie still has the ability, but his errors in recent years mean that even West Ham, where he was loaned to for last season, baulked at the chance of signing him.
Guardiola has talked up the 31-year-old but is still open and honest about wanting to rid himself of Hart. Man City did set a price of £5 million for Hart, but no offers have come in, and so, according to a report in the Times, they are now prepared to lower the price even further.
Hart has stated recently that he only has an interest in moving away from the Etihad permanently.
My job is to play football," he said to The Telegraph. "I've got other people trying to sort other things out for me in terms of a direction. I'm supposed to be here so this is where I put all my energy and time.
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"I need to go somewhere permanent, I think that's obvious. I did what I did in the previous two seasons because I needed to play to be involved in the World Cup. And look where that got me.
"I've played at the highest level for a long time and done a lot of things in the game. I need to be an important player at that club and I think that can only happen with a permanent move.
"I enjoyed being at both clubs [on loan] for different reasons. It's an experience. I'm always going to be a fighter. I put myself out there, I put myself in front of people. I try and do my best.
"That's never going to change. I've got a year left and I'm not going on loan again because my situation has changed. I need to feel part of something."
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