Torino want to re-sign Joe Hart on loan again for next season but have told Manchester City they will not be signing the England goalkeeper in a permanent deal.
Hart has been on loan at the Serie A club this season after being exiled at City by manager Pep Guardiola.
City are willing to sell Hart this summer and would favour offloading him to a foreign club rather than a Premier League rival but Torino have made clear they could not afford to meet the goalkeeper’s £15 million plus valuation on top of his £120,000 a week wages. Hart could cost English suitors more with the likes of West Ham United, Everton and Liverpool reported to be interested.
“I would like Hart to stay at Torino but we know – and the club and him, too – that we can’t buy him,” Sinisa Mihajlovic, the Torino coach, said.
“At the most, we can take him on loan for another year, but it depends on what Manchester City want to do and what he wants too. We would like to know this soon because if we have Hart here next year then that is one thing, but if not we have to make other plans.
“Torino can only take him on loan for another year so it is up to City to decide, but we need a decision quickly so we can plan the future.”
Guardiola’s decision to replace Hart with Claudio Bravo has backfired with the Chile No. 1 enduring a calamitous debut season in English football following his £15.4 million move from Barcelona. Bravo has conceded seven goals from the past seven shots he has faced in the Premier League and could be dropped for Saturday’s trip to Southampton after another mistake in the 3-1 win at home to Hull City last weekend.
Guardiola is expected to sign a new goalkeeper this summer with Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford, Ederson, of Benfica, and AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma the names in the frame.