Manchester City have completed the signing of England international Kyle Walker from Tottenham for an initial fee of £45million, rising to a potential £50million with add-ons.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 14, 2017
City will pay £45million in instalments to Spurs with a maximum of £5million to follow in add-ons, which can be achieved in several ways: £2.5m for winning the Champions League, £0.5m for each Champions League qualification, £1.5m for each Premier League title win, £1m for winning the Europa League.
Walker has signed a five-year deal at the Etihad and will take the number 2 shirt.
The 27-year-old right-back was identified as a primary summer target by Pep Guardiola after both Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna were allowed to leave, and following protracted talks he is finally heading back up north.
Walker began his career at boyhood club Sheffield United before joining Spurs on 22 July 2009 with Kyle Naughton for a combined fee of £9million.
Over time at White Hart Lane, Walker developed into one of the Premier League’s finest right-backs, showing particular improvement during Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure as he began to enter his prime years as a footballer.
Walker becomes the most expensive full-back ever, a record that could still be broken this summer depending on how much City’s left-back target, Benjamin Mendy, ends up costing, and if Chelsea are successful in extracting the £60million-rated Alex Sandro from Juventus.
Speaking to the official site, Walker said: “I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started.
“Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”