Kyle Walker should become a Manchester City player today or tomorrow after a fee was finally agreed with Tottenham yesterday, giving Pep Guardiola his number one right-back target before his City squad board their flight to the US.
On the other flank, Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy is likely to follow Kyle Walker very soon with a deal close, but not quite there yet.
It could have been a different player lining up on the left next season, though. In an article for The Times, Paul Hirst reveals that Guardiola would have liked to have signed Spurs’ other full-back, Danny Rose. He goes on to claim that Rose is very interested in joining City and continuing his career at the Etihad.
However, a potential deal for Rose was scuppered when the 27-year-old had to undergo knee surgery this summer, an injury that will keep him out until after the new season begins.
Rose would have been difficult to sign in addition to Walker, but if there ever was a chance of it happening, it is gone now. Guardiola instead turned to Benjamin Mendy and City are hopeful of tying up a deal for the 22-year-old as soon as next week.