The Contenders - Who Will Replace Hart In The Man City Goal?

Joe's heading for the exit...

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So, as we reported earlier, it looks like Joe Hart's ten-year spell at Manchester City is coming to an end. Pep Guardiola has made his feelings known and the 29-year-old stopper doesn't appear to be part of his plans. So who will be the first choice goalkeeper at the Etihad this season and beyond? We take a look at some of the contenders: 

Willy Caballero

The man who ousted Hart for the opening Premier League game of the season. Since signing for City in 2014, the Argentine has largely played second fiddle to Englishman. 

He stepped up during the 2016 League Cup Final however, saving three penalties in a shoot-out victory over Liverpool. 

Pep will likely want to bring in a more established goalkeeper to replace Hart but should that outcome fail to materialise before the transfer window is shut, the number one spot should belong to Caballero for the remainder of the season. Barring, of course, any high-profile errors which he is prone to.  

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Claudio Bravo 

Today started with a number of publications reporting that Chilean's transfer to City was almost a done deal.

The Mail have since poured cold water on such reports citing Barcelona's reluctance to sell while alternative goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen recovers from injury. 

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen 

Confused? Don't be. The German, who plays instead of Bravo in most of Barcelona's Champions League games, was linked with City earlier in the summer. 

Guardiola is said to be an admirer of the 24-year-old's distribution, an area where Joe Hart has been criticised. 

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Kasper Schmeichel

The current Premier League champion made eight appearances for Manchester City between 2007 and 2009. 

He spent a few years bouncing around the lower leagues before finally stepping out of the shadow of his father, legendary goalkeeper Peter, by playing a huge part in Leicester City's title win last season. 

A return to the Etihad could be welcomed by fans but the Dane has just recently signed a five-year deal to remain with the Foxes. He could become available for a significant fee next summer. 

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Jeroen Zoet

The 25-year-old Dutchman has been a regular for PSV for the past three seasons. 

He was named in the Eredivisie team of the year last season and has helped his club to two successive league titles. 

He would likely cost in the region of £7m which isn't much for a goalkeeper in today's money.

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Jack Butland

A suitor to Hart's England number precarious England number one spot, the Stoke City stopper has impressed for the Potters for the last couple of years. 

The four-times capped international was ruled out of EURO 2016 with an ankle injury but at 23 years of age he has a long career ahead of him. 

A return to pre-injury form will no doubt see the big boys come looking for his signature. 

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Rui Patricio

Fresh from winning EURO 2016 with Portugal, the Sorting Lisbon stopper has been linked with a move away from his home country.

Guardiola is a known admirer of the the 28-year-old who pulled off a number of quality saves against France in the final of the continental tournament this summer. 

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James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.

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