£60m-rated speed machine in talks with Tottenham chief - report
By Harry Sykes
Kyle Walker has held showdown talks with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to discuss his future at the club, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim the Spurs right-back sought a meeting with Pochettino to get an indication of the club’s plans for the forthcoming years.
It is said that Walker, who signed a £70,000 a week last September and is rated by Tottenham in the £60million bracket, understands his importance to the club but is also aware of interest in him from elsewhere.
The Standard report that Manchester City have a strong interest in Walker, while Manchester United and Barcelona are also keeping close tabs on him.
Any club wanting to prise the 26-year-old from White Hart Lane would need to offer close to £60million given his calibre and contract length.
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Speed machine Walker was last week named in the PFA Premier League team of the season as a reward for the consistency of his performances of title-challenging Spurs.
He was left out of the team by Pochettino for Saturday’s 4-2 FA Cup defeat to Chelsea, but played the last 22 minutes as a substitute.
Football Insider verdict:
It is unlikely to be a coincidence that the Standard report has emerged 48 hours after Walker was surprisingly omitted from the Spurs team for their cup showdown against Chelsea. Only perhaps Trippier’s closest family and friends would claim he is a better right-back or right wing-back than Walker, but Pochettino turned to the former Burnley man for the third time in five matches. Clearly, something is going on behind the scenes. Perhaps the Argentine has noticed a drop in focus from Walker, or an attitude shift. Whatever it is, Spurs need to deal with this issue. The kind of fees being mentioned for Walker are clearly massive, but he is also a key member of the squad, held in high esteem by teammates and opponents. He is one of the many players they cannot afford to lose.
In other Tottenham news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their emerging stars.