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Transfer Rumors: Manchester City ready to sell Joe Hart to Manchester United

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PHOTOGRAPH: Илья Хохлов | Photo courtesy: Илья Хохлов/Football.ua

Manchester City are willing to sell Joe Hart to Manchester United. This is if the Red Devils are willing to shell out £30million ($38.7m) for the England international goalkeeper.

The 30-year-old Hart made a single appearance for City under manager Pep Guardiola in August before he was loaned off to Serie A side Torino. The man from Shrewsbury, United Kingdom has enjoyed a productive spell at the Italian club. Torino have climbed into the top half of Serie A with Hart serving as their No. 1.

Despite his good form in Italy, Guardiola is reluctant to include Hart as a part of his plans at the Etihad Stadium. The Spaniard is ready to part ways with the England international who signed for City in 2006 from Shrewsbury Town.

Hart has expressed an interest to return to the Premier League next season. Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool are some of the clubs interested to acquire services of the goalkeeper. However, Hart has reportedly revealed within close circles that he wishes to stay in Manchester, as reported by Metro.

Hart still has a couple of years left on his Manchester City contract. If the Citizens want, they could deny any transfer of Hart to Old Trafford. However, it is rumored that the City hierarchy have told the Englishman that he will be allowed to leave to any club who wants him. However, they need to meet his asking price.

Mourinho needs new No. 1 after De Gea departure

Jose Mourinho, United manager will need to eye potential replacements for David De Gea. The Spaniard has once again emerged as a top target for La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Real are poised to bid £63m ($81m) for De Gea, a world record for a goalkeeper. The former Atletico Madrid keeper has been the main target for the Los Blancos for at least a couple of years now. If it weren’t for some last minute faux-pas with a faulty fax machine, the Spaniard may have been heading back to his nation’s capital at the beginning of last season itself.

Player transfers rare between City and United

Tony Coton was the last player to move from City to United, making a £500,000 ($645,450) switch in 1996. However, since the big money has started flowing into City, the rivalry has merely increased in terms of significance. This has made it significantly harder for a player to make the switch between the two clubs.

The most famous transfer between the two, of course, involves Denis Law who also – curiously – spent time with Torino. With Mourinho’s side not particularly interested in playing it out of the back, Hart’s dribbling and passing skills may not be too much of a worry.

He is, though, still prone to the occasional brain fade and that may be the one thing that will stop Mourinho from going all out to get the City custodian. It all depends on how serious Real Madrid are in their pursuit of De Gea.

Photo courtesy: Илья Хохлов/Football.ua

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