In worrying news for the English Number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart, new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has turned to his former club FC Barcelona in a bid to strengthen the goalkeeping department of Manchester City.
Pep is looking to add German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to his expensively assembled squad at the Etihad. At just 24, Ter Stegen is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in LA LIGA.
Moreover, with the fact that he still has 3 years remaining on his contract, it would take a massive bid from Manchester City to lure the German away from the Camp Nou. However, one thing which might force Ter Stegen to leave Barcelona is the lack of game time.
Ever since making his move from Germany to Spain in 2014, Ter Stegen has made only 47 appearances for Barcelona in the last 2 seasons.
While this represents a decent number, only 7 of those appearances have come in the League.
Since taking charge at Manchester City, Guardiola has spent more than £120 million on new signings.
However, with the transfer kitty being made available to him by the owners, Guardiola is keen to further fortify his squad before the start of new season.
While he hasn’t played under his tutelage yet, the performances of Hart at the EURO 2016 haven’t left a good impression on his new boss.
In addition to conceding a soft goal against Iceland in the knockout stages, Hart was poor throughout the tournament for England.
Moreover, his performances last season were also a big cause in Manchester City finishing fourth in the League.
In addition to his current form, Guardiola is also reported to have doubts on the ball distribution of the English goalkeeper as Guardiola teams favour a build up from the back approach – his teams have featured ‘sweeper keepers’ both at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Clearly, the Spanish manager believes that Ter Stegen would adapt more readily to his system than Hart.