Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic admitted he would be delighted to have Joe Hart available for next season. The manager admitted that a full time transfer is out of the question because of the large fees associated with it.
The Serie A side will face tough negotiations with Manchester City, the team who loaned out their former captain. City would much rather sell the player for it’s market value or even negotiate a profit on that fee. Hart is worth around £15 million and the English international could be on the list of several high profile clubs. City will unlikely want to sell him to a Premier League rival though. West Ham and Liverpool are said to have inquired about the player.
The keeper’s salary would be another problem for Torino. Hart currently earns a cool £120,000 per week, fees paid by Man City. In fact, Hart’s move to the Italian side was a major shock. Not only was he seen as one of City’s most important players, but the destination itself felt slightly below the goalkeeper’s level.
It was Pep Guardiola who made the decision to ask the player to leave. Reportedly the manager was unhappy with the Hart’s abilities as a Sweeper Keeper. It’s a a position he has employed at his former teams to success. With little time left to the transfer window, it felt like goalkeeper had to take the best option that was available to him. He became arguably Torino’s most famous signing.
Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic had this to say about the player’s possible loan extension. “I would like Hart to stay at Torino but we know – and the club and him, too – that we can’t buy him.
“At the most, we can take him on loan for another year, but it depends on what Manchester City want to do and what he wants too. We would like to know this soon because if we have Hart here next year then that is one thing, but if not we have to make other plans. Torino can only take him on loan for another year so it is up to City to decide, but we need a decision quickly so we can plan the future.”
Guardiola’s decision to replace Hart has not been particularly well received by fans. Hart was the team’s captain and a hero in Manchester. Claudio Bravo, Hart’s replacement, had a generally disappointing season complete with unforeseen errors costing the team points.
Guardiola will be in the market for a new goalkeeper, but it doesn’t look like the manager has changed his opinion about Hart. Gianluigi Donnarumma and Ederson are two of the keepers said to be on City’s radar. It looks like Hart will need to make a decision about remaining at Torino or moving to a team similar in stature to that of Manchester City.