Manchester City are in dire need of full-backs this summer and Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker has emerged as the top target for them.
Walker has been a regular in the club’s starting eleven since the 2011-12 season. He enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at Spurs, but he really came into his own only after the arrival of manager Mauricio Pochettino at the club.
The England international has been a crucial player for his side under Pochettino. He even made his way in to the PFA Team of the Year for the last season, and at first glance, it makes no sense for the North London club to sell him to a direct competitor.
However, multiple reports suggest that Walker is not happy at Spurs and has made up his mind to join City, and sites like bigfreebet.com seem to agree. He is reportedly set to double his wages upon joining City. Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier’s rise last season has assured Pochettino that his side can cope with the departure of Walker.
Trippier, who joined Spurs from Burnley in a £3.5 million deal in 2015, made a real impression towards the end of the last season. The 26-year-old was preferred over Walker by Pochettino in important games against Arsenal and Manchester United and the prevailing feeling right now is that he is ready to stake a claim for his place in the starting eleven. Trippier even managed to earn a call-up to England national team on the back of his performances.
Spurs don’t really enjoy the financial prowess of their direct rivals, and their shrewdness in the transfer market has been a key component of their recent success. As things stand, Spurs have two very capable right-backs, both England internationals, in their squad, and they can afford to sell one of them to reinvest in the squad.
As per the reports, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who has a reputation for being a tough negotiator, has slapped a £50m price tag on Walker. Both clubs are currently engaged in negotiations and City reportedly want to tie up the deal before they leave for the pre-season tour to the US next month.
Walker is definitely one of the best full-backs in Premier League, but £50m for a 28-year-old unhappy right-back is a decent money even in today’s market. It could even prove to be a good move for Pochettino’s side in the long run if the money is reinvested properly in the team.