Manchester City icon Joe Hart has signed for fellow Premier League club Burnley for a reported fee of £4 million, the defending Premier League champions announced on Tuesday.
“Manchester City have bid farewell to Club legend Joe Hart, whose 12-year association has come to an end as he joins Burnley,” the Sky Blues stated.
Sean Dyche’s outfit have a bit of a goalkeeping crisis for both Nick Pope and Tom Heaton are currently injured, leaving Anders Lingergaard as the sole fit option between the sticks.
The Clarets, who are going to be playing European competition (the UEFA Europa League) this season, were forced to make a move for the former England international as the transfer deadline slams shut in little over 48 hours.
According to media reports, the 31-year-old has gotten a golden handshake from the Citizens.
City are said to have agreed a ‘severance package’ in lieu of the reduced wages he will be earning at Turf Moor.
Hart was a regular fixture between the sticks at the Etihad Stadium since the 2007/08 season, but his run in the City first team came to an end when Pep Guardiola arrived in the summer of 2016.
Known to prefer a ball-playing goalkeeper, the Catalan quickly decided the English custodian was surplus to requirements and Hart spent the last two seasons on loan as a result.
The former England No.1 made 348 appearances for the Citizens and won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups during his time in Manchester.
Burnley open their 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a away fixture at Southampton, but they have a Europa League qualifier against Basaksehir FK on Thursday night that looms large.
Hart, who was involved in City’s pre-season tour of the United States, is expected to start the continental fixture.