When Kyle Walker’s odds on joining Manchester City plummeted a week ago, many were sceptical as to whether it meant anything. Then came reports that the 26-year-old England international was genuinely considering his Tottenham future with City growing increasingly confident of signing him.
Today, Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Independent has added fuel to the fire by claiming that the Spurs right-back has decided his future lies away from the high-flying North London club.
Having fallen out with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino once again over fitness and selection, and having been dropped several times recently with ex-City academy player Kieran Trippier getting the nod, Walker has decided it is time to look for his next club rather than relying on a Gala bonus for his pay packet.
Daniel Levy, a notoriously tough negotiator, is in no rush to sell Walker, but he is the likeliest first-teamer to depart Spurs this summer. And he won’t come cheap, with the buying club expected to hand over at least £35 million, possibly closer to £50 million – an astronomical fee for a full-back.
City, who are desperate for quality full-backs on both sides, may not have it their own way with neighbours Manchester United keen and Spanish giants FC Barcelona also joining the race for one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.