Burnley now have three England goalkeepers on their books after signing Joe Hart from Man City

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Joe Hart has ended his 12-year stay at Manchester City after signing for Burnley, who now boast three England goalkeepers on their books.

Hart, who has agreed a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee thought to be no more than £4million, has been looking for a permanent club after season-long loans at Torino and West Ham. The Clarets emerged as an unexpected destination after injuries to Nick Pope and Tom Heaton.

Manager Sean Dyche decided to enter the market with Pope facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder in the Europa League qualifier at Aberdeen and Heaton returning to fitness after a calf strain.

Hart has known he had no future at the Etihad Stadium, where he played a key role in two Premier League title wins and three cup successes over the course of 348 appearances, ever since Pep Guardiola’s arrival as manager.

The 31-year-old’s situation became even more stark when he was axed by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate on the eve of this summer’s World Cup, with Pope beating him to a place in the final 23 and Heaton named on standby.

Hart has not given up hope of adding to his 75 England caps, and starting the season in the starting XI of a side who finished seventh in the league last season and have a chance of reaching the Europa League group stages is a good place to start.

He will wear number 20 at Turf Moor, where his drastically reduced wage has reportedly been topped up by a pay-off from City.

His departure was marked with warm words from his former employers, who have promised supporters the chance to show their appreciation at a “formal tribute” in the autumn.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak led the praise in a statement which read: “Joe Hart’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated.

“His 12 years at the club have seen him produce some remarkable performances and heart-stopping saves that will live in the memory for a long time to come. His passion for and commitment to this club, evidenced by a remarkable tally of 348 appearances, means he will rightly be regarded as a City legend in perpetuity.

“I want to personally thank him for everything he has given to us over very many years and he leaves with Sheikh Mansour’s and my heartfelt best wishes for the next step in his career. He will always be welcome at the club.”

City captain Vincent Kompany also offered a glowing reference.

“Joe joined as a young lad from Shrewsbury and leaves a City legend,” said the Belgian.

“When you look at the club he joined and the club as it is now, we have come so far during his time in Manchester and Joe has been a huge part of that.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to play alongside him for so many years and I know I speak on behalf of every City fan when I say I hope he means as much to his next club as he has meant to us.”

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Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld and Wilfried Zaha - players likely on the move in the Premier League

Matt Jones 7/08/2018
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Will he stay or will he go? Thibaut Courtois.

It’s approaching crunch time for a number of Premier League clubs looking to scramble together squads for an assault on Manchester City’s title – with Manchester United and Chelsea in particular still keen to do business ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Elsewhere, others are looking to bolster their ranks as they look to survive a torturous campaign.

Below are a list of the most in-demand players for Premier League clubs and the likelihood of deals being completed before Thursday’s deadline.

SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC – LAZIO TO MANCHESTER UNITED OR CHELSEA

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Real Madrid seemed his most likely destination ahead of a much-hyped appearance at the World Cup, with Manchester United and Chelsea his predicted landing spots in England.

However, all the noise seems to have gone quiet rather than ratcheted up since Serbia’s exit from Russia.

United appear to be more concerned with bringing in a centre-back and a winger, unless Paul Pogba makes a surprise exit, while Los Blancos need a bona-fide superstar to replace Cristiano Ronaldo. Stamford Bridge appears the most likely destination, with only Jorginho coming in this summer.

Chances of it happening 2/10

NABIL FAKIR – LYON TO CHELSEA OR LIVERPOOL

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The little Lyon magician was on the brink of joining Liverpool before the World Cup, only for him to do a complete U-turn after his club kicked up a fuss. The Reds, meanwhile, were subsequently pushed to sign Xherdan Shaqiri as cover in attack.

A gap filled at Anfield could again see the Blues come in for the 25-year-old as Maurizio Sarri is belatedly in through the door and clearly needs reinforcements, judging by Sunday’s meek Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.

The player has told Lyon’s in-house TV station he’s happy for now, but has not ruled out a move in the future, so this window might be a little premature.

Chances of it happening 4/10

WILLIAN – CHELSEA TO MANCHESTER UNITED

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“Sometimes we talk, we text, we send messages to each other via WhatsApp. He is a great manager, I really enjoyed working with him. I hope I can work with him again someday.”

Willian on former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The wideman followed these comments on ESPN Brazil by saying he is happy at Chelsea. Hmmmmm.

This deal would be a good bit of business for United, who have had a poor transfer window this summer, with Mourinho searching for options out wide.

Chances of it happening 6/10

YERRY MINA – BARCELONA TO EVERTON OR MANCHESTER UNITED

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You should always be wary of signing players on the back of good World Cups, particularly if the club they’re at are still trying to get rid of him.

But Yerry Mina’s biggest fault seems to be that he doesn’t fit into the tiki-taka style at Barcelona.

Well, to be fair, it’s always going to be a bit much for a 23-year-old 6’ 5” juggernaut to fit into that sort of system at one of the best clubs in the world.

But he has age on his side and as evidenced in Russia, Mina is a menace in either penalty box and would thrive in the physical jungle that is the Premier League. United appear keener on Harry Maguire or Toby Alderweireld, which could leave Goodison Park as his most likely destination.

Chances of it happening 7/10

THIBAUT COURTOIS – CHELSEA TO REAL MADRID

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The player wants the move – desperate he says to be reunited with his family – as do Madrid, while Sarri even said he would not stand in Courtois’ way. We’re sure the lure of the most famous club in world football and a probable hefty wage increase is a pretty big carrot too.

The Belgian starred at the World Cup as the Red Devils made the semi-finals and failed to show up for Chelsea training on Monday in the hopes of forcing through a deal.

Chelsea have signed Robert Green as back-up and could move for Jack Butland if Courtois is sold. Reports in Spain suggest the deal is close to being agreed.

Chances of it happening 8/10

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – TOTTENHAM TO MANCHESTER UNITED

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One of the areas which Mourinho has been desperately keen to address – his dreaded defence.

Apart from the fact he has two converted wingers playing at full-back, he requires a leader for the heart of his backline.

Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are injury prone, Chris Smalling is not top drawer and Marcos Rojo is not cut out as an elite-level centre-back.

United are still short of Tottenham’s £55m valuation of Alderweireld apparently, but he’s eminently cheaper than £75m-rated Leicester defender Maguire. At 29, the Belgian is vastly experienced and would instantly upgrade United’s back four.

Chances of it happening 8/10

ANTE REBIC – EINTRACHT FRANKFURT TO MANCHESTER UNITED

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United want Ivan Perisic, well Mourinho does anyway. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s mantra, meanwhile, is looking more towards youth.

United were quoted £44m for the Croatia winger 12 months ago. Now, after shining at the World Cup, he is more likely to cost in excess of £60m, which is a stretch for Wooodward to agree to for a player approaching 30.

So, in a bid to get bodies in through the door, United could turn to compatriot Rebic. Industrious and energetic, he fits the Mourinho mould. And at 24, fits Woodward’s too.

Chances of it happening 7/10

WILFRIED ZAHA – CRYSTAL PALACE TO CHELSEA OR TOTTENHAM

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The player is keen on staying in London, which is why a move to either side makes sense, but Chelsea have so far struggled to agree a fee for a player whose current employers are in the driving seat as he only signed a lucrative five-year contract around 18 months ago.

A single fee transfer doesn’t suit Palace as a percentage of the price will be given to Man United as part of a clause agreed in his contract when he rejoined the Eagles in 2015. This means a player exchange could be more likely, with Palace said to be keen on Ruben Loftus-Cheek who spent last season on loan with them.

Chances of it happening 7/10

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Patrick van Aanholt set for Crystal Palace stay despite Juventus interest

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Flying Eagle: Patrick van Aanholt.

Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt is set to stay at the club in this transfer window despite reported interest from Juventus.

According to ESPN FC, the Old Lady are ready to line-up a move for the 27-year-old left-back in case Brazilian Alex Sandro leaves the Serie A champions.

However, Van Aanholt is set to spurn the chance to join Massimiliano Allegri’s men this summer but did reveal that he was flattered to be linked with the European giant.

The Dutch international is one of Palace’s key men going into this coming season and the Eagles would be inclined to rebuff any late offers for his signature.

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