Pictured: Everton target edges closer to move as player arrives at airport
By Tom Blackburn
Joe Hart looks set to move further down the Manchester City pecking order after Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo arrived in Manchester.
Manchester Airport published photos of the Spanish goalkeeper on its Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, signalling that he is homing in on a deal with the Premier League club.
If all goes to plan, Bravo will take the first team jersey under Pep Guardiola with Willy Caballero providing back-up.
— Manchester Airport (@manairport) August 23, 2016
Hart was dropped from the City team for their opening three matches of the season and is desperate to leave in this transfer window in search of regular first team football.
The Sun claimed on Sunday that the Merseysiders would make their move for the axed goalkeeper after he was told by the Manchester outfit to find a new club.
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However, The Mail claimed on Monday that Everton 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 Sevilla are said to be unable to afford to take the England goalkeeper on loan.
Nevertheless, Bravo’s arrival edges Hart closer to the City exit door amid what are likely to be further twists and turns in the player’s future before the 31 August transfer cut-off.
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.
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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