Title contenders break deadlock and launch £50m+ bid for key Tottenham man - report
By Danny Wright
Premier League title contenders Manchester City have finally met Tottenham’s asking price for right-back Kyle Walker, according to a report.
The Telegraph claims that City have put forward an offer potentially worth over £50million for the 27-year-old, who has proven to be a key part in the Spurs first team over recent seasons.
It is understood that City and Spurs have been in a deadlock over Walker for weeks, with the Citizens trying to avoid spending over £40million.
However it is reported that the deal could potentially rise as high as £55million with certain add-ons, which would make Walker the most expensive defender in world football.
The Telegraph says that Man City are now “on the verge” of snapping up Walker, who has made over 200 appearances across all competitions for Spurs since he signed for them from Sheffield United in 2009.
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The 27-times England international struggled for form at the back end of last season, and eventually lost his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s side to Kieran Trippier.
Walker still managed to play 39 times across all competitions for the north London outfit last season and supplied six assists.
Football Insider Verdict
This is probably the breakthrough that Spurs and Daniel Levy have been hoping for so that they can finally splash some cash on improving their squad. Walker is not worth £50million and Tottenham fans should be laughing at the price that Pep Guardiola and co are willing to pay. His performances at the end of last season showed that he might not have even been the best right-back in north London thanks to Trippier’s displays and Pochettino should have no problem in replacing Walker at that price. Some of that money should also go into finding solid back-up options for Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Strength in depth has to be the aim of the game for Spurs this summer.