Manchester City finally landed their man when Tottenham Hotspur accepted their off worth up to £50m for full back, Kyle Walker. The 27-year-old England international will complete his move to the Etihad next week, according to a Daily Mail report.
Walker is set to undergo a medical on Friday with personal terms remaining to be formalised. It ends his eight-year spell at White Hart Lane after he joined from Sheffield United in 2009. Since then, he has made 228 appearances for the Lilywhites but with Manchester City’s interest, Walker’s head was turned.
Spurs operate a tight ship for salaries with their highest earner, Harry Kane, barely breaks the £100,000 weekly wage. City are rumoured to be offering Walker more than that, underlining the pressure the north London club face when bigger clubs prey on their stars.
With 27 England caps to his name, Walker is one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s team sheet. Playing in the Champions League, with City aiming for the last eight as a bare minimum, can only cement his place in the coach’s mind.
Pep Guardiola culled his full backs earlier in the summer with Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta both released, as well as Gael Clichy. Walker will be the first right back signed this summer, after Arsenal rejected City’s overtures for Hector Bellerin, 22.