By Dominic Toner
Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has joined Barcelona which could now speed up a deal for Joe Hart to leave Manchester City.
Barcelona announced on their club website on Thursday morning that they have signed Cillessen on a five-year deal from Ajax. Cillessen is set to replace Claudio Bravo in the Spanish champions’ squad.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 25, 2016
Sky Sports on reported Tuesday that Barcelona goalkeeper Bravo had arrived in England to completed his move to City.
Bravo is expected to take the first team jersey under Pep Guradiola and out of favour Hart is set to end his 10-year stay with Manchester City in search of regular football.
The Sun claimed on Sunday that Everton would make their move for the axed goalkeeper after he was told by the Manchester outfit to find a new club.
However, the Mail claimed on Monday that the Merseysiders have taken a step back in their interest in the England international due to the cost of the deal and the impressive form of Maarten Stekelenburg.
It is said it would have cost Everton in the region of £7million to take Hart for a season on loan, when his £135,000 per week wages were taken into account, and that kind of expenditure was not something they were prepared to commit to.
It leaves Hart in a difficult position as Liverpool appear unlikely to make a move and La Liga club Sevilla, also linked with the shot-stopper, have ruled out a move.
The England number one endured a difficult Euro 2016 campaign and made some costly mistakes as the nation were dumped out by minnows Iceland in the last 16.
Hart joined City from Shrewsbury in 2006 and has been a mainstay of the Premier League team during the Abu Dhabi era.
In other Everton transfer news, they have submitted an offer for a Premier League defender who has previously played under Ronald Koeman.