By Derek Smithson
Manchester City are set to launch a bid for Tottenham defender Kyle Walker this week, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Pep Guardiola is set to continue his summer overhaul in his squad by submitting a £40million bid for Spurs’ right-back.
It is understood that the 27-year-old is Guardiola’s first-choice and he is keen to strengthen his full-back positions.
The report details that Walker wanted to consider his future at the end of the season and could be the latest star to move to the Etihad Stadium, with Monaco’s playmaker Bernando Silva completing a £43million switch on Friday.
The Mail have previously reported that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will agree to sell Walker for a fee of around £45million.
Walker has become a crucial player since his arrival from Sheffield United in 2009 and is a great attacking threat from full-back.
He has made 229 appearances during his time with the north London club and chipped in with 21 assists in return.
Football insider verdict:
Walker is certainly one of the best full-backs in the Premier League, but Spurs should seriously consider selling the England international. It appears his head has been turned by Man City, and if that is the case then they should cash in on him. Walker is a great fit for Pochettino’s style, but teammate Kieran Trippier has proved that he is more than capable of stepping in. Pochettino has even preferred Trippier at the back-end of the season and his contribution of assists has been impressive. £40million for a defender is a lot of money for Spurs and they could look to reinvest elsewhere on the pitch with the money.
In the latest Tottenham transfer news, they are weighing up a move for Monaco ace Lemar.