Belfast Telegraph

Joe Hart set to leave Man City as Claudio Bravo flies in to seal £17m transfer

By Adam McKendry

Joe Hart's nightmare could soon be over, after it was revealed that Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could join Manchester City by Thursday.

The England international had been told by new boss Pep Guardiola on Friday that he could leave the club if he wished, something he is more than likely to do after the news of Bravo's impending arrival.

The Chilean international is due in Manchester for a medical on Thursday where he is also expected to finalise personal terms ahead of his move.

Barcelona had revealed at the weekend that a deal in principle had been agreed with City for the sale of the 33-year old, with the transfer worth somewhere in the region of £17million.

With Bravo now on the verge of moving, and odds-on favourite to take the starting jersey at the Etihad, it raises questions over where Hart will play his football in the future, with the England stopper almost certain to leave before the transfer deadline.

Hart had been City's first choice goalkeeper since 2010 but, after a disappointing tournament at Euro 2016 in France, Guardiola dropped him for the first two games of the season in favour of back-up keeper Willy Caballero.

Guardiola expressed his dislike of Hart's playing style, admitting he wanted his goalkeeper to play a key role in his team's build-up play, something Hart is not used to.

With the Englishman inevitably on his way out, Everton, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund have all expressed an interest in the 29-year old, with all three in need of a goalkeeper for the upcoming season.

• Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Wolves on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old has made 14 appearances for United, all coming last season under Louis van Gaal, having made his debut last November.

Wolves have also signed Benfica winger Ola John on a season-long loan.

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