With the end of the season fast approaching Joe Hart, the current England number one goalkeeper, is a man all but guaranteed to make a transfer in the summer. Currently on a season-long loan at Serie A side Torino, it’s expected Manchester City will cash in now before his price plummets. What Are The Odds looks at where the 30-year will go next.
Chelsea are surprisingly the favourites to sign Joe Hart next at 5/4 (2.25), that is despite the Blues having one of the best goalkeepers in the world between their sticks, Thibaut Courtois. There have been recent reports that Real Madrid are interested in the Belgian, but it’s been claimed that the La Liga giants have put Manchester United’s David De Gea as their number one target. However, if a move fails to materialise and they go in for Courtois, then a move for Joe Hart to Chelsea would make perfect sense.
Next up in the market with Sky Bet are Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at 11/2 (6.50), however, once again this is a move that appears to be highly doubtful. Jurgen Klopp recently told The Guardian that “It is not for us in this moment and hopefully not in the future, not because of Joe but because we already have two strong goalkeepers”. There really couldn’t be a more clearer message that this is a transfer that won’t happen this summer, but the betting markets are seemingly clinging on to the Reds to make a bid.
On the other side of the city at Everton a move could make much more sense than the top two. 11/2 (6.50) are again on-offer and with Ronald Koeman apparently having quite the transfer warchest this summer to continue to reshape his squad for European qualification, Joe Hart would be quite the marquee signing. The England number one has made it clear that he wants guaranteed football, so a move to an up and coming squad like the Toffees would surely give him that consistent platform to perform.
Torino where Hart is currently playing, have declared their intent to keep him on at the Turin based club, but it would seem unlikely that a long-term stay at a mid-table Italian club would appeal to Hart’s ambitions. 8/1 (9.00) odds are currently on-offer, and after the shock move last summer, it wouldn’t be all that shocking if somehow he did decide to stay and sign on the dotted line.
Smart money could be on either West Ham or Crystal Palace who neither boast a top goalkeeper in between their sticks. That may sound disrespectful to both clubs current goalkeepers, but neither would likely spurn the chance to try and convince Hart to be their next number one. The Hammers are the more attractive proposition at 8/1 (9.00), like Everton, who have ambitions to break the top six and beyond, while having a world class stadium for a goalkeeper like Joe Hart to show off his goalkeeping prowess.
However, Crystal Palace are upwardly mobile and seem to be surviving in the Premier League pretty comfortably under Sam Allardyce, and if anyone can convince Hart to sign it would be the former England manager - odds of 10/1 (11.0) represents a very profitable option.
Some outside bets could be Manchester United at 18/1 (19.0), and it would make sense should they lose David De Gea this summer. While Juventus are 20/1 (21.0), and may look to Joe Hart to succeed their established legendary Gianluigi Buffon.
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