Joe Hart Desperate for Torino Stay Despite Club's Doubts Over Being Able to Fund Permanent Switch

Alex Gidden

​Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is keen to extend his stay in Italy with Torino and wants to remain in Turin at the end of the season, according to reports in the ​Mirror

The England international is expected to return to the Etihad when the current campaign ends and his loan deal expires. 

Though Hart has been linked with a move to a number of top Premier League clubs, including Everton and Liverpool, the goalkeeper is said to be keen on staying with Torino as he has enjoyed his spell in Serie A.

As the 29-year-old awaits a decision on his future, it is widely expected that he will be sold by City this summer, with the Mirror mooting a price tag of £15m, along with his £120k-a-week wages. 

SS Lazio v FC Torino - Serie A
SS Lazio v FC Torino - Serie A

Whilst Torino would be interested in keeping the player beyond May, manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has cast doubt over the move by telling reporters that the club would be unable to afford a permanent deal for Hart, and that the keeper himself is aware of the financial complications surrounding his future. 

“Hart would like to stay at Torino,” Mihajlovic claimed. “We’re aware, both the club and him, that we can’t buy him.

"At most we can loan him for another year but that depends on Manchester City and on what he wants.

Cagliari Calcio v FC Torino - Serie A
Cagliari Calcio v FC Torino - Serie A

"We want to know soon, because if we have Hart next year it’s one thing, if not then we have to plan differently.

"Torino can still only take him on loan, so it’s up to him and City to decide, but we need a quick decision so we can plan for the future.”

Though City will be keen on cashing in on the player as manager Pep Guardiola prepares to spend heavily again this summer, another season long loan deal with Torino may not be out of the equation completely as it would mean that the Manchester club don't have to sell to a direct Premier League rival and can still keep an element of control over Hart's future. 

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