Joe Hart will potentially have to ply his trade away from Manchester as City's move for Barcelona's Bravo gets closer.
Joe Hart’s Manchester City career seems to be at an end as Sky Sports reported that he is evaluating his options ahead of Manchester City’s move for Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo. With his exit apparently imminent, where could he go next?
Long-time curator between the sticks, Tim Howard, left for the MLS in the summer and left a hole at the back of the Toffee’s defence. For so long he had been one of Everton’s best players with his shot-stopping in particular his strongest attribute. However, coming up to the end of his career, mistakes began to creep in and he subsequently left for the less frenetic American league.
New manager Ronald Koeman brought in Maarten Stekelenburg as his new number one and he impressed on debut against Tottenham, pulling off a number of saves including a point-blank stop from Vincent Janssen. However, Joe Hart is a fantastic goalkeeper and his availability may push Stekelenburg into the number two spot.
The transfer of Hart would also be a huge statement of intent from Everton and also a massive backing for Koeman. Hart’s wages would be the only real stumbling block in a deal, but bringing in an England International and one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers is a huge step in the right direction for Everton.
Everton’s biggest rivals are also a potential new club for Hart. Jurgen Klopp recently brought in Loris Karius to bolster his goalkeeping options and provide competition with Simon Mignolet. Karius was given the number one shirt, but Hart could prove to be an instant starter at Liverpool?
Klopp knows the Englishman well after the 2012 Champions League game between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. Joe Hart was in exceptional form and pulled off a number of spectacular saves to earn City a point.
With Mignolet a good shot-stopper but prone to lapses in concentration and errors, a move for Hart would bring in a far more reliable goalkeeper. While Hart does make mistakes too, they are few and far between and much like any move for Hart by Everton it would signal a statement of intent from Liverpool as they look to close the gap between themselves and the top of the table.
Arsenal have not been one to delve into the transfer market of late with Arsene Wenger happy to utilise the resources already at his disposal. However, in recent seasons he has been criticised for his unwillingness to buy a top-quality striker, preferring to instead use Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez as cover for Olivier Giroud.
However, Wenger did go into the transfer market for former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, a move that has paid dividends. While the Czech Republic goalkeeper is a superb player, his age of 34 years old means he is not a long-term option in goal.
Therefore, a move for Hart would make sense. The England goalkeeper would be a superb signing for the Gunners as, with his experience and talent, he would represent a marquee signature for Arsenal. However, with Cech firmly the number one for the Gunners, it may be a more likely move for Arsenal should Hart still be available come next summer.
The Hammers have slowly been growing into one of the Premier League’s top sides. With Slaven Bilic at the helm and Dimitri Payet still with the club, West Ham now represent a real threat in the league as they look to push their way up the table.
Adrian is the current number one for West Ham with Darren Randolph providing cover. However, neither goalkeeper is truly world-class. Hart would fit in very well at West Ham with both parties possessing a lot of ambition and talent. His wages may prove to be the only real stumbling point, but, if Hart decides that West Ham fit his ambitions, then he will only improve their starting XI.
If Hart were to choose a move away from the Premier League, then PSG may be his most likely destination. The French outfit are not afraid to throw their money around as they look to become one of Europe’s true heavyweights.
Kevin Trapp is the current number one an is a very talented young goalkeeper. However, Trapp would benefit hugely from playing alongside such an experienced goalkeeper. What makes PSG so attractive is both their ambition in European football and the financial gain.
PSG wouldn’t struggle to meet any asking price or Hart’s wages and they would cite Hart’s performances in the Champions League, against Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona in particular, as reason enough to buy him.