By Harvey Byrne
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told that he tried to buy right-back star Kyle Walker from Tottenham this summer.
The 27-year-old England international departed Mauricio Pochettino’s side earlier in July for cash-rich Premier League rivals Manchester City in a mega deal said to be rising to £50million.
However, the full-back, who spent eight years at Spurs between 2009 and 2017 could have angered fans further by making the short trip across London to Stamford Bridge after Conte revealed how he tried to sign Walker himself.
The Italian openly said “we tried to buy Walker,” but also told spoke about the inflating transfer prices and how each player is now expensive.
“If you want Walker, you know that Walker is expensive. We tried to buy Walker,” told Conte, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“Honestly, I think now every single player is expensive. For you to even enquire about one player, he is expensive.
“You go to buy a right-back, a left-back or a central defender and he is expensive. It is very difficult in the transfer market for the teams that need to improve their squads.”
Tottenham are likely to make a £41million profit on Walker after he joined the club back in 2009 from Sheffield United alongside Kyle Naughton.
Unlike Naughton, Walker had a successful career at White Hart Lane, playing 229 times for the club, while also being capped 27 times for the England senior team.
He will now be looking to help Manchester City push for the Premier League title, like Tottenham, while Spurs will be hoping both Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters can replace their former star in the team.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are being linked with Southampton right-back Cedric Soares with Victor Moses currently playing the right wing-back role for the Premier League champions.
In other Tottenham news, West Ham have joined Spurs in the hunt for this international player.