Everton given reported update in their pursuit of £40m star
By Alex Taylor
Everton target Joe Hart is open to a move abroad this summer amid growing doubts about his Manchester City future, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that England’s first-choice goalkeeper is considering a move away from Etihad Stadium in search of regular first-team action this season.
It is said that Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund are interested in Hart, while Everton are also monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation with Ronald Koeman keen to strengthen his goalkeeping options before the 31 August transfer cut-off.
The report says that Hart will leave City before the close of the summer transfer window after being left on the substitutes’ bench for his side’s opening two matches of the season by manager Pep Guardiola.
The Sun stated earlier this summer that Everton are willing to pay £40million to land the Manchester City ace as well as offer him a five-year contract worth £200,000-a-week.
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The astonishing package said to have been put together by Everton’s super-rich new owner Farhad Moshiri for the keeping ace is said to be worth £92million in total.
With just two weeks left before the window shuts on 31 August, it appears that Hart has played his final game for the club he been at for the last 10 years.
This comes as The Mirror claim his replacement, 33-year-old Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, will travel to England this week to finalise a transfer to City after agreeing personal terms with the Premier League club.
It is understood that Hart was dropped on the weekend because he doesn’t fit Guardiola’s ideal of a sweeper-keeper, and that the shot-stopper now fears he will be leaving the Manchester club.
Hart, joined City from Shrewsbury in 2006 and has been a mainstay of the Premier League team during the Abu Dhabi era.
He is a firm favourite with City supporters for his leadership and commitment, and was a key player in the side that won Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014.
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