Manchester City have told Joe Hart he should leave the club this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The England goalkeeper has been out-of-favour since the arrival of Pep Guardiola and has now been told face-to-face by City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain that he would have to leave the club for everyone’s interest.
Multiple reports have suggested new City manager Pep Guardiola is in need of a ‘ball-playing’ goalkeeper or a ‘sweeper-keeper’, and has not been impressed by Hart’s use of his feet, and has launched a search for a goalkeeper that fits that description, with Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo now seen as the ideal man.
They have already submitted a bid to Barcelona for the Chilean ‘keeper, and a deal is expected to be agreed this week as Barca are also close to signing Jasper Cillessen from Ajax as replacement for Bravo.
Also, Hart is reported to have held a less than fruitful meeting with Guardiola after returning early for pre-season after playing for England at the Euros.
While no club is understood to have made a bid for the 29-year old, Everton and Sevilla have both been mentioned as possible destinations for the goalkeeper.
Barcelona’s sporting director Robert Fernandez has also confirmed that Bravo was heading to Manchester City on Saturday night.
“We have an agreement in principle with Manchester City for Bravo. We are waiting for events this week. We will open the door for Claudio when we sign another goalkeeper,” Fernandez said.
“We were talking about his contract renewal when City’s offer arrived and the player told us that we wanted to think well about it, and evaluate other things. In the end we reached the principle of an agreement.”