As it stands, the future of the England international shot stopper at the Etihad couldn’t be more uncertain following recent changes taking place within the squad.
With 2 games played thus far this season, Willy Cabellero has remained Guardiola’s preference in between the sticks, and although the Catalan manager has insisted Hart could still return to the starting lineup soon, it’s only seen as an attempt not to come controversial.
Known for his love for ball playing goalies, Pep wants to bring in Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo as his first choice goalkeeper. And with the 2-time Copa America winning shot stopper not happy with his bit-part role at Camp Nou that sees him sit out Champions League and Cup fixtures, a move away seems in the pipeline.
Hart doesn’t have a chance if that happens and he is said to be already considering his future. The 29-year-old won’t be short of suitors once he declares an intention to leave Manchester City, and here are some clubs that could snatch him up promptly before the summer transfer window closes.
Claudio Bravo’s departure will leave Ter Stegen as the only top class goalie left at the Spanish side, with 3rd choice Masip still not trusted enough for the big occasions.
City could well fit Hart into the transfer plans for the Chilean goalie in order to cut cost, and it could be an opportunity for the English goalie to prove Guardiola wrong by adapting to the style of play at Barcelona and excelling.
However, he will have to beat the German first-choice-to-be to the pecking orders if he’s to jump from frying pan to fire with such step.
Ronald Koeman is said to have made signing a new goalie a key priority upon his arrival at Goodison Park following Tim Howard’s exit last season.
Although summer signing, Maarten Stekelenburg looks to fit the bill following his debut EPL performance against Tottenham, a move for someone like Hart might be tempting.
His status and EPL experience make him a great and good potential addition for the Toffees, and with the ambitions the club now has, landing such marquee signing is very feasible.
Despite signing Loris Karius as a stiff competition for Simon Mignolet for the new season, Klopp might still go in search of a top keeper as a result of the 2-month injury the 23-year-old recently sustained.
Hart will likely be keen to remain in England and the possibilities of Liverpool coming for him once declared surplus to requirements can’t be completely ruled out.
A move away from the EPL can’t be imagined for Hart, but it can happen.
The Europa League champions look like they can do with a goalie after 3 different ones were used in their final 5 games of last season, and the fact that they offer Champions League football can attract Joe Hart.
However, his wages could act as a stumbling block for a proposed transfer move. But even at that, it doesn’t seem plying his trade at such side will very much interest him.