London giants Arsenal are thought to have put themselves in the running to sign Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart once the transfer window re-opens in the summer as a replacement for their ageing goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Hart, 29, is considered surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, with the iconic tactician preferring Claudio Bravo between the sticks – a move that has earned the manager a lot of criticism, especially with Bravo’s abysmal form in recent months.
The England stopper, clearly considering his options, accepted a loan move to Torino back in August and has been in relatively good form for the Italian side this season, conceding 31 goals and keeping six clean sheets in 23 appearances across all competitions.
Such form is thought to be enough for the Gunners. Indeed, according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are keen to offer the keeper a chance to return to the Premier League after his hopes of staying with City were dashed by Guardiola last summer.
City, for their part, are willing to sell the former Birmingham man, especially as the keeper is thought to be earning wages upwards of £130,000 per week. It is understood that City have slapped a £15m price tag on Hart and Arsenal are seriously considering meeting this valuation come June.
If Arsenal are indeed be serious in signing Hart, then they should waste no time sealing the deal, especially with Liverpool waiting in the wings – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not made any effort to keep his interest in Hart under wraps, and reports suggest the Anfield outfit are leading the race to sign the England keeper.
Regardless, Arsenal would do well in signing the City man, who was unceremoniously sent packing by a ruthless Guardiola. Hart, in his own right, is a solid goalkeeper who could do wonders for any team – and the Gunners are definitely no exception.
Hart is an England international and has won a number of accolades at City, including four Premier League Golden Glove awards and two Premier League titles, proving his status as a solid world-class goalkeeper. His arrival at the Emirates Stadium will certainly be a great welcome for Arsenal fans.