Friday 24 November 2017

Hart in frame for United amid De Gea uncertainty

 

Torino FC's Joe Hart would relish the opportunities at Old Trafford. Photo: Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images
Torino FC's Joe Hart would relish the opportunities at Old Trafford. Photo: Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Matt Law

Joe Hart would be a candidate to join Manchester United should the club be unable to prevent David de Gea's move to Real Madrid.

The 30-year-old England goalkeeper, whose loan spell with Torino expires next month, would relish the opportunity of exchanging the Etihad Stadium for Old Trafford. Alex Ferguson remarked that failing to sign Hart when he was offered him by his first club, Shrewsbury, for £100,000 remains one of his deepest regrets in the transfer market. Ferguson called him "the best English goalkeeper of the last 20 years".

Hart  has let it be known that he would prefer to remain in the north-west of England, where he has lived since joining Manchester City from Shrewsbury in 2006.

Although there have been very few direct transfers across Manchester - Carlos Tevez and Owen Hargreaves were out of contract when they moved from Old Trafford to the Etihad Stadium - Hart would have no compunction in switching sides. There is a part of him that would relish the opportunity of proving Pep Guardiola wrong.

A move to Everton, who are favourites to sign him, would also allow Hart to continue to live in Cheshire. The fee Torino have been quoted by City is £15m. His salary is said to be £120,000 a week and Torino, who are ninth in Serie A can afford neither.

His summer is likely to depend on whether Jose Mourinho, who shares an agent, Jorge Mendes, with De Gea sanctions a move to Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte has said it is "impossible" for him to guarantee that Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea this summer, claiming the decision rests with the club's bosses and the player. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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