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Tottenham move for Porto right-back as Manchester City deal for Kyle Walker draws nearer

Tottenham have already started the process of replacing England right-back Kyle Walker, who looks likelier than ever to join Manchester City after his international duties with England are complete.

According to Matt Law of the Telegraph, Spurs have lined up FC Porto right-back, Ricardo Pereira, as their top target when Walker leaves for the Etihad.

City are confident of striking a £40 million deal for 27-year-old Walker shortly, with talks expected to intensify after England’s friendly against France tonight.

An interesting footnote to this story is that Matt Law claims City would have moved for Pereira, 23, themselves, had they failed in a bid to sign Walker – which now looks unlikely.

Capped twice by Portugal, Pereira has spent the last two seasons on loan at Nice from FC Porto and has developed into an impressive full-back, also catching the eye of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. He is expected to cost £20 million, meaning Spurs could make a big profit if they are successful in signing him after selling Walker to City.

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