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Joe Hart agrees deal to join Torino on loan from Manchester City

Joe Hart has been included in England’s squad to face Slovakia but has been told by Sam Allardyce that he needs to play on a regular basis to remain part of his plans. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images
Joe Hart has been included in England’s squad to face Slovakia but has been told by Sam Allardyce that he needs to play on a regular basis to remain part of his plans. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Hart has agreed a deal to join Torino on a season-long loan. The goalkeeper is expected in Turin on Tuesday to undergo a medical before completing the move from Manchester City.

The two clubs, alongside Hart’s representatives, spent Monday agreeing the final terms of the contract, with both City and Torino understood to be contributing to the 29-year-old’s salary of around £135,00 a week.

Hart is currently with the England squad at St George’s Park but has been given permission by the Football Association to fly to Turin on Tuesday to take a medical and seal the loan.

The 29-year-old’s decision to leave City has come about after he lost his place as the club’s No1 goalkeeper under Pep Guardiola. Hart has started only once under Guardiola and was again on the bench for Sunday’s 3-1 victory against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, when Willy Caballero also again started. Hart is keen to play regularly and was conscious that, if he did not join Torino, his status would drop to third choice under Guardiola following last week’s arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.

Hart also has his England status to protect. He is in Sam Allardyce’s first squad, for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday, but has been told by the national team manager that he needs to play on a regular basis to remain part of his plans.

Also poised to leave City is Samir Nasri, who is being targeted by Besiktas, with a delegation from the Turkish club scheduled to have arrived at Luton airport on Monday in the hope of sealing the move. The flight is scheduled to return to Turkey at noon on Tuesday and Besiktas are hopeful of having the out-of-favour Frenchman with them.

Nasri was banned from training with the first-team squad by Guardiola when he returned for pre-season overweight. He then made a surprise substitute appearance against West Ham, playing the last 15 minutes. That was the 29-year-old’s first appearance under Guardiola, who offered an ambivalent response after the game when asked about the player’s future. “If you want to help us, want to stay, want to be part of something, it depends on him, not me,” the manager said.

Meanwhile, Sergio Agüero has pulled out of the Argentina squad with a calf injury and will miss the World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela. The striker was replaced on 88 minutes on Sunday and City expect to discover the extent of the problem later in the week.

Agüero is also likely to discover on Tuesday whether he will be charged by the Football Association after appearing to elbow West Ham’s Winston Reid at the weekend. A charge and guilty verdict would bring a three-game ban and rule Agüero out of the Manchester derby on 10 September.

 This article was first and originally published in theguardian.

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