Pep Guardiola’s appointment at the Manchester City helm has led to a raft of changes at the Etihad Stadium, and Joe Hart’s exit from the club looks to be a situation of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ he will leave the club.
Claudio Bravo has joined City from Barcelona, and today there's been a huge amount of interest on Napoli signing Joe Hart with the Champions League club soaring in the market at 1/2 (1.50) - making them firm favourites.
A move to a club competing at the very top-end of the Serie A table is surely a very appealing option for Joe Hart, with talk today suggesting that he would prefer a new challenge rather than go ‘to a smaller club’ in the Premier League.
Torino are the surprise option in Italy for Joe Hart, and have over the weekend been the favourites to bring in the England No1. This has changed somewhat since the ‘out of nowhere’ surge of Napoli and they find themselves just behind in the betting at 6/4 (2.50).
Just a few days remain before the transfer window slams shut, meaning the Toffees will have to move swiftly if they want England No. 1 Hart. Everton have already added Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg to their ranks this summer, with Joel Robles as his deputy, but Hart could turn into a much finer replacement for the departed Tim Howard, however the odds have increasingly indicated that it’s a move that’s just not going to happen now, falling from 1/1 (2.00) to as far back as 20/1 (21.0) today.
Merseyside certainly looks like a plausible destination, too, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool much further back at 20/1 (21.0) to recruit Hart amid a split in favour for incumbent Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian has long divided opinion at Anfield, and this isn’t the first time talk of a replacement has emerged, although Liverpool may be less likely considering they already brought Loris Karius in from Klopp’s former club Mainz back in May.
An injury to Vito Mannone at Sunderland leaves David Moyes’s side desperately short between the sticks and would be the most logical move, but again odds of 20/1 (21.0) suggest it would take something special between now and Wednesday to get such a deal over the line.
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