Everton could be about to make a £40million for a Manchester City player.. this doesn’t sound right at first – but Everton do have some new money to take advantage of..
According to Tuesday’s papers, Everton will hold talks with Joe Hart over a £40million transfer and huge wages of £200,000 per week are reportedly on offer.
It seems a ridiculous rumour but Everton do have new money due to new ownership and City may be willing to part with Hart. With Manchester City eyeing moves for Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Hart’s future has been cast into doubt and the new ambitious Everton owner believes Hart can be lured to Goodison Park in a bid to strengthen the clubs back five. Pep Guardiola may favour more of a ‘sweeper keeper’ capable of playing high up the pitch, comfortable on the ball, allowing City to dominate games in the oppositions half. If Hart is not wanted, he is likely to want to stay in England. All of the other ‘top’ clubs in England have settled top class goalkeepers, so Everton may be a good destination – he could help them gain European football, something the fans are desperate for the club to achieve soon.
Hart, like Everton’s keepers this season, has had to play with a pretty poor defence ahead of him. But looking at the key goalkeeping statistics, Hart’s statistics look rather poor next to Tim Howard. Howard has a better distribution accuracy (68%) than Hart (59%). Crucially Howard makes over 2 saves per goal conceded, whereas Hart checks in at an alarming 1.91. The saving grace for Hart is that he averages a clean sheet every 0.43 games, compared to Howard’s 0.28 – but the quality of the rest of the team have to be taken into account here.
With that in mind, would £40million and £200,000 per week be better spent elsewhere for Everton? A top class goalkeeper would be attainable for significantly less than £40million and an outfield player of that value could be a lot more effective for the club – who lack game changers throughout the pitch. Everton’s priority once again this window will be trying to keep hold of key trio John Stones, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, who are all in demand this summer. Lukaku looks likely to be the hardest to hold onto, with interest from Manchester United and Chelsea. Stones, should he have a good European Championship, will also be subject of serious interest from big clubs, including Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Personally I don’t think this rumour has much substance and I also think it would be a pretty stupid move from Everton. Then again I might be totally wrong, share your thoughts on this story in the comments section below.