It would be hard to argue with claims that Tottenham have the best combination of full-backs in the Premier League right now, in the form of Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.
The two Englishmen, both 26, have been a key part of Spurs’ recent improvement under Mauricio Pochettino and naturally rival clubs have cast envious glances their way.
And according to an exclusive report by The Sun, both Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United would like to sign not just one of the England internationals, but both.
Mourinho, in particular, would like to acquire the pair, it is reported, while Guardiola’s number one target is Rose, who plays in what is arguably Manchester City’s weakest position – left-back.
Neither player has a release clause in their contract and with Tottenham always reluctant to sell stars, it could be an uphill battle for the Manchester giants to sign either. The Sun believes each would cost in excess of £30 million, meaning a £60 million-plus outlay might be required to prise the two away from Spurs.
City are in urgent need of an overhaul in the full-back positions soon, with all four senior players (Kolarov, Clichy, Zabaleta, Sagna) over 30 and in decline. City do have talented Spanish teens, Angeliño and Pablo Maffeo, both 19, on the books and currently on loan at Girona FC in Spain, and they could be options with four new full-backs likely to replace the current group over the next year or two.