European outfit pave the way for Liverpool to land goalkeeper target

TORINO have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Joe Hart permanently.

Hart, 22, was allowed to join Torino in a season-long loan deal following Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City during the summer.

He has impressed in between the sticks for the Italian outfit, keeping four clean sheets in his 16 top-flight appearances.

However, according to La Stampa, they have given up any hope of keeping the England international past the summer.

Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is reportedly instead focusing on a move for Roma’s Lukasz Skorupski in the belief that Torino won’t be able to match the financial clout of Hart’s Premier League suitors.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester are all said to be keen on the former Shrewsbury shot-stopper.

Thibaut Courtois and Kasper Schmeichel have both been linked with moves away from Chelsea and Leicester respectively while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has apparently been left underwhelmed by his current goalkeeping options.

Hart still has two-and-a-half years left to run on his contract at the Etihad and La Stampa suggest City would demand a fee of around £8.5m to let him leave the club on a permanent basis.

Speaking to Sky Sports earlier this month, Hart admitted that his long-term future probably lies away from Manchester.

He said: “This is the second time I’ve gone out on a season-long loan.

“I’ve not been sent here to see how I do or see if I improve. I’ve been sent out because I wasn’t wanted.

“I’m not here to prove what I can do, I’m here because I need to look elsewhere and I didn’t have a chance to sort anything permanently.

“The way I look at it, I want to do as well as I can for Torino and if somebody comes in for me I don’t think Manchester City are going to stand in my way.”

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