Even though he has been putting on good performances in recent games, longtime Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart‘s job could be in jeopardy once the January transfer window kicks in.
The early struggles of the 26-year-old have caused him a lot of trouble. He lost his place in the England National Team, and could be close to losing his starting spot in the Citizens permanently. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly not happy with Hart’s performance this season and since Costel Pantilimon isn’t a reliable option to start either, the Chilean tactician has decided to turn his attention to the market to find a new goalkeeper.
According to reports, Pellegrini is focused on the Spanish league, a tournament he knows really well after managing Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga in recent years. Names like Wilfredo Caballero and Sergio Asenjo have been thrown into the mix, and the latest shot stopper to be linked with the Etihad Stadium outfit is Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves.
The former Almeria star is currently at Valencia, and he could be destined for a secondary role if newly-appointed manager Juan Antonio Pizzi decides to start Vicente Guaita, something that has been a hot topic since both players have enormous quality. If Alves can’t find a regular place with Los Che, Manchester City is rumored to be interested in the Brazilian and a move could be completed sooner rather than later.
No official bid has been made, but Alves is valued in the €12 million range, a sum that City can easily pay. Alves’ arrival would increase the depth between the posts, but it would also put some pressure on Hart, who would need to step his game up to maintain his place in the starting XI.