By Harry Sykes
Kyle Walker has officially joined Premier League rivals Manchester City in a five-year deal.
The news was announced on the Tottenham Twitter page on Friday afternoon, before Man City confirmed the news and announced he would wear the number two shirt at the Etihad.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 14, 2017
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 14, 2017
The confirmation brings to an end a protracted transfer saga that started before the end of last season.
Walker was dropped by Pochettino for key games after news surfaced that the player was keen on a move to Man City.
The move looked inevitable but the sticking point was the fee, with Tottenham stubbornly holding on for £50million.
Manchester City were reportedly angling to pay £40million but Tottenham didn’t blink and the move was finally triggered.
There is no official confirmation of the fee but the BBC reported it to be £45million up front with add-ons that could take the final amount to £50million.
Tottenham are yet to make a summer signing, but a recent report in the Daily Mail claimed that manager Mauricio Pochettino had urged his club to show more urgency.
The report links Spurs with moves for Everton’s Ross Barkley, as well as Ricardo Pereira, who is seen as competition for Kieran Tripper for Walker’s right-back slot.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have given an emphatic answer to their PL rivals after an enquiry for this key first-teamer.