Manchester United fans had feared prior to this summer’s transfer window that David De Gea might finally complete a move to Real Madrid.
However, the Spaniard seems to once again be staying put with Florentino Perez routinely briefing the press that he is more than happy with current Los Blancos ‘keeper Keylor Navas. Even if De Gea was to leave, Sergio Romero has proved himself to be a fine replacement with his Europa League performances last season. Furthermore, 21-year-old Joel Pereira is one of the most exciting talents the academy has seen in many years.
However, it seems Mourinho is, in fact, on the lookout for a new man between the sticks for the 2017/18 campaign. The BBC is this afternoon reporting that the club have held conversations with representatives of Manchester City’s Joe Hart.
The Englishman spent last season on loan at Torino after Pep Guardiola quickly assessed he wouldn’t be good enough for a team challenging for the title. The spell in Italy clearly didn’t go as planned with Il Toro’s President admitting as the loan came to an end that they “didn’t expect so many mistakes from an England international.”
Simon Stone’s report reveals Jose Mourinho is an admirer of Hart but would obviously prefer to, and expects to, retain De Gea’s services.
If Hart did make the move across Manchester, it would be one of the strangest transfers in recent years not least because of the rivalry between the clubs but primarily due to the fact the 30-year-old would be a dreadful replacement for De Gea.
The report also states West Ham are interested in signing the goalkeeper with lingering concerns over their current options.
United fans are understandably none-too-pleased with the news.
Joe Hart isn't better than Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira has more potential. Even in the event of DDG leaving, Hart would be unnecessary.
— King-Femi-Ade (@TheBlackElixir) July 11, 2017
Joe Hart? Fuck right off. pic.twitter.com/Af0jMQoynY
— MUFC Dan (@MUFCDan76) July 11, 2017
I would simply never entertain the idea of Joe Hart at United. Ever. He shit AND he's a nob.
— Doc MUFC (@Doc_Joshi) July 11, 2017
If De Gea leaves and we sign Joe hart I'm out.
— RS (@Ry_Ry_666) July 11, 2017
Honestly if we signed Joe Hart I'd set my season ticket on fire.
— Oli (@Oli_Row) July 11, 2017