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"Guardiola wants to be reimbursed for Hart so he doesn't have to run out his contract. The market favourite for the keeper is to return to Birmingham at 2/1, where he saw happier times during his 2009-2010 loan."
Manchester City have made one signing so far this summer and only one player from their main squad has departed in what has been a quiet transfer window for the club. However, following reports from their pre-season US tour press conference, it seems that not all is finished yet. So what is exactly going on at the Etihad?
Hart's not in it
For the last couple of seasons, Joe Hart has been out of luck. Having been dropped by Pep Guardiola at the start of the 2016-2017 Premier League, the goalkeeper was then linked with a move to several top European clubs but surprisingly joined Serie A club Torino on a season-long loan. Unfortunately, when it came to the end of the agreement, nothing impressed the club's president to keep him any further and Manchester City couldn't find a new club for him for the 2017-2018 season. An agreement was made with West Ham for another loan.
At West Ham he conceded ten goals in his first three appearances. How many were his fault? You could argue that he wasn't behind the greatest defence but with his horror stories from especially his debut at Torino, where he punched the ball into the path of his opponents' feet for them to score an equaliser in a 2-1 loss, amongst others, it was evident Joe Hart wasn't back to his best.
City is now set with a number one keeper Ederson and a backup of Claudio Bravo, the third keeper choice would probably be given to a younger player to get some experience if they were ever needed. Guardiola wants to be reimbursed for Hart so he doesn't have to run out his contract. The market favourite for the keeper is to return to Birmingham at 2/1 , where he saw happier times during his 2009-2010 loan. However, Any MLS Club at 7/1 is second favourite and there is an increasing rate of ex-Premier League footballers playing there in their later years.
Guardiola: "Joe [Hart] is our player. We are going to try to find a solution for him... tomorrow he is going to play."— Jonathan Smith (@jonnysmiffy) July 20, 2018
Sterling leaving on the cards?
Manchester City does business better than most, so it's not a shock that when you have two years left in your contract at the club, rumours will start to appear. With reports coming out that Raheem Sterling's contract extension talks have stalled, speculation around the 23-year-old's future has fired up. Having one of his best seasons at the Etihad last season scoring 23 goals across all competitions, only the best would do if he were to leave the club. The current market favourite is for Sterling to go Real Madrid at 8/1 with both PSG and Barcelona next at 11/1.
Yaya Toure Replacements?
The one difference in the squad is that there's no more Yaya Toure. Pep Guardiola mentioning this in their pre-US tour press conference, even though they have signed Riyad Mahrez, seems to suggest they are still interested in signing one more midfielder. Reports have been propping up a bid for Thiago Alcantara after Bayern Munich suggested they were open to selling him but the market is still suggesting this might be a long way out at 18/1 . Other midfielders on the table are Isco at 8/1 and if Kylian Mbappe doesn't find the deal he wants at Real Madrid, Manchester City is second favourite at 16/1.