Pep Guardiola close to embarrassing U-turn on Joe Hart

Joe Hart’s Italian adventure is over, with Torino not going ahead with pursuing the signature of England’s No.1 goalkeeper – the Serie A outfit want PSG’s Salvatore Sirigu to replace the departing Hart, and are ready to offer a three-year deal at €1.5m-per-year.

Hart’s decision to opt for a loan move abroad, was commended, although, so late in the summer transfer window, meant that not too many of the elite Premier League clubs were looking for a man between the sticks, anyway.

Despite mid-table mediocrity over in Italy, Hart has managed to keep his place under Gareth Southgate for the Three Lions, and it certainly hasn’t been a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for the Citizens fanbase when it comes to their former No.1.

Reports suggest that, following the failure of Claudio Bravo, and Willy Caballero having been released, Joe Hart could be offered a reprieve, thanks to his popularity in the stands and in the boardroom.

Guardiola is a proud man, but proud to the point of stubbornness, meaning any insistence on team selection would be met with the upmost resistance.

Hart’s exodus under the former Barcelona manager has backfired, and now, more than ever, looks like Pep was making a point for points sake: trying to further fuel his reputation as a visionary, a footballing perfectionist.

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Guardiola’s first summer transfer window with City, has now – not even with hindsight – clearly been a failure; the need to address so many other areas (mainly full-backs) was ignored and areas, such as the goalkeepers, were needlessly changed.

The former Bayern Munich manager has realised his failings, with City releasing Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas, Willy Caballero and Gael Clichy all on the same day, not long the after the final game of an empty-handed season.

Next season is the campaign we will truly judge Pep Guardiola on.