By Matt Farr
Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker could be set to complete his big-money move to Manchester City after the England internationals next week, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim that the Premier League giants are confident of finalising their pursuit of the 27-year-old, and that Pep Guardiola wants the deal done by the end of this month.
Walker has been heavily linked with a move away from north London this summer, and has drawn interest from a number of clubs, but he looks destined to move to the Etihad.
The report adds that the defender has opted to seal a move to the Etihad so that he can be closer to his family, who live in Sheffield.
Talks have already taken place between Tottenham and their rivals over a potential £40million deal for their first-team star, with City set to hand Walker a contract worth around £100,000-per-week.
Walker is part of the England senior squad for their upcoming double-header against Scotland and France next week.
The face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on June 10, before a trip to the Stade de France for an international friendly on June 13.
But Walker could then begin preparations for a switch to the Etihad as opposed to a return to his Tottenham team-mates ahead of the grand-opening of the summer transfer window on July 1.
Football Insider verdict
It would be a considerable shock if Walker does not join Manchester City this summer. It would be an even bigger surprise, however, if he were to avoid a move from Tottenham altogether. Guardiola has made him a priority signing, given they are currently without a right-back after the departures of Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, while he can also add to their limited English contingent. Spurs have already prepared themselves for the sale of Walker, and £40million would hand them a considerable profit on a player they signed for just £9million.
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