Joe Hart tells Manchester City he wants to join Torino on season-long loan


Joe Hart has informed Manchester City he wants to join Torino on a season-long loan. The clubs were on Monday discussing the deal and it is understood the goalkeeper is confident it will go through before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.

City are open to paying some of Hart’s wages, though the proportion of his £135,000-a-week salary to be sourced by each club remains a major point of negotiation. There is a determination from all parties to make the move happen, with Hart keen to ensure his career does not stall.

The 29-year-old has been demoted as City’s No1 by Pep Guardiola and was again on the bench on Sunday for the 3-1 victory against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, where Willy Caballero started.

Torino finished 12th in Serie A last term and are seventh with three points after the opening two games of the season. Hart is keen to play regularly and knows that if he does not join the Italian club or go elsewhere his status will drop to third choice under Guardiola. Sunderland, who want a goalkeeper after Vito Mannone was ruled out for a minimum of three months, are not an option for Hart.

On Thursday Guardiola signed Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for around £17m to be Hart’s replacement. Caballero is expected to be the deputy so Hart will struggle to make even the match-day squads.

Hart also has his England status as the No1 to protect. He is in Sam Allardyce’s first squad, for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday, but Allardyce has warned Hart has to play on a weekly basis to be considered in the long term.

Gianluca Petrachi, Torino’s sporting director, said: The goalkeeper is an idea we wanted to follow. If it’s Hart then good, otherwise we will certainly be doing something on the market for that role.

Samir Nasri is being targeted by Besiktas, with a delegation from the Turkish club due to arrive at Luton airport at 5.30pm on Monday in a private jet in the hope of sealing the move. The flight is scheduled to return to Turkey on Tuesday at noon and Besiktas are hopeful of having the out-of-favour Frenchman accompanying them then.

Yes, there could still be movement, Nasri said. It depends on a lot of things in fact. There’s been a lot of speculation. Things that are true; things that are false too because they’ve never shown me the door or anything like that. But I said: ‘Everything depends on what’s up there [in your head] and your desire.’ So we’ll see. We’re going to sit down, discuss it and see what’s to be done.

Nasri was banned from training with the squad by Guardiola when he returned for pre-season overweight. He made a surprise substitute appearance against West Ham, playing the last 15 minutes. This was Nasri’s first appearance under the manager, who offered an ambivalent response after the game when asked about the 29-year-old’s future. If you want to help us, want to stay, want to be part of something, it depends on him, not me, Guardiola said.

Sergio Agüero has pulled out of the Argentina squad with a calf injury and will miss the World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezeula. The striker was replaced on 88 minutes on Sunday and City expect to discover the extent of the problem later in the week. Agüero is likely to disover on Tuesday whether he will be charged by the Football Association after appearing to elbow West Ham’s Winston Reid. A charge and guilty verdict would bring a three-game ban.

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