Liverpool have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign ousted Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart after they slapped a £20m price tag on him.
Hart spent last season on loan at Torino in Serie A, after it was made clear to him by incoming manager Pep Guardiola that he wasn’t part of his future plans.
The Spaniard still feels the same way about the Englishman, despite seeing his replacement signing Claudio Bravo flop.
Guardiola is on the brink of signing Ederson Morais from Benfica, so Hart is pretty much guaranteed to leave City this summer, and there have been a few Premier League clubs rumoured to be interested in him.
Liverpool, who saw Simon Mignolet get back to his best towards the end of the season, were in for England’s number one before being put off by an asking price of £20m, according to the Daily Mail.
The two-time Premier League winner has also been monitored by the Reds’ cross-city rivals Everton, who are unconvinced over Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenberg.
Hart has been at the Etihad since 2006 after arriving as a youngster from Shrewsbury for an initial snip of £600,000, and has made over 260 top flight appearances for the Citizens.
The 30-year-old, who will not be returning to Torino permanently after they admitted they couldn’t afford him, will be hoping wherever he ends up he will be the number one, given the World Cup is only one year away.