Joe Hart is poised to sign for Torino today after Manchester City agreed a deal for the England international to join the Serie A club on loan for the season.
Hart will fly out to Italy tomorrow for a medical, after being granted special dispensation by new England manager Sam Allardyce, and will complete his switch from City in the next 24 hours.City’s hierarchy have stepped in to grant Hart his move, declining to demand a loan fee and also agreeing for Torino to pay just £50,000 a week of his £140,000-a-week wages.
Hart, 29, was also a target for Sunderland but it is understood he had no interest in joining a club likely to be battling relegation and believes a fresh start in Turin is the best option for his career.Pep Guardiola, the City manager, has excluded Hart from his first team and signed Claudio Bravo from Barcelona last week in a move that finally convinced him to move on.
Willy Caballero has started all of City’s Premier League games so far this season and Hart’s future appears bleak under Guardiola, with Torino on the verge of signing him for the remainder of the campaign.Hart had been warned by Allardyce that it was “critical” he played regularly to keep his place as No 1 with England and he believes a move away from the spotlight of the Premier League, where he would be scrutinised, is attractive.
Torino’s director of sport, Gianluca Petrachi, confirmed yesterday that they were working on a deal for Hart. He said: “We’re working on it, but if it isn’t going to be Hart then we will keep on working for somebody else, even if there are only a few days to go until the market closes.”