Pep Guardiola to give Joe Hart permanent axe as he eyes swap deal for PL shot-stopper

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly wants Kasper Schmeichel as his new number one goalkeeper next season, and will offer Joe Hart in exchange.

It hasn’t gone to plan for the Spanish tactician this season with regards to his goalkeeping options, as summer signing Claudio Bravo has failed to deliver since arriving from Barcelona.

Willy Caballero’s contract expires this summer, and having snubbed Hart at the start of the campaign before sending him on a season-long loan deal to Torino, it’s highly unlikely that the England international has a future at the Etihad.

In turn, The Daily Mail report that Schmeichel is the man to solve the issue, as he continues to establish himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League with his form for Leicester City over the past two years in particular.

Having helped the Foxes win the title as well as gaining experience in the Champions League, the time may well have come for him to target a big move and City could offer him that chance.

It would obviously be a return to the club having had a previous stint in Manchester after following in the footsteps of his father, Peter, but there is also another possibility offered up by The Times which suggests that Hart could be moving in the opposite direction rather than it being for a straight transfer fee.

Everton are expected to rival City for Schmeichel, but the Citizens may well have an ace up their sleeve if they offer Hart as part of the package. Leicester may potentially be more inclined to accept that offer if they can bring in an immediate replacement with Premier League experience and high quality even if Hart has been prone to making mistakes throughout his career.

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