Report details Tottenham response to Man United desire to sign defensive duo
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have no interest in yielding to Manchester United’s desire to sign full-back duo Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, according to a report.
The Mail claimed on their transfer news blog on Tuesday (12.35pm) that Spurs chiefs are “aware” of the “increasing interest” in right-back Walker and left-back Rose.
It is said that the London club “will not encourage any approach” from any of the pair’s suitors, with Manchester City also keeping tabs on the England internationals.
The Sun claim that United manager Mourinho is preparing a £60million move for the Spurs defensive duo in a bid to beat City in the race for their signature.
The report details that City manager Pep Guardiola has been keeping tabs on the pair since he moved to Etihad Stadium last summer.
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Walker has developed into a fine right-back in recent seasons and is an undisputed first choice in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI.
The 26-year-old has made 22 appearances this campaign across all competitions and has supplied four assists.
But it is Rose whose improvement has been the most marked over the last 18 months and the Leeds academy product has emerged as a key player for the north Londoners.
He has made 18 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring two goals and supplying four assists.
Walker and Rose are both England regulars and have cemented their positions as number one options at Spurs, with Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies providing cover for them.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs should knock back any attempts to sign two of their most consistent performers in Rose and Walker. The England pairing are crucial to the team and are mainstays of the starting XI. It is testament to their calibre that Tottenham are not as effective when they are not on the pitch. Yet, their best years are still ahead of them and chairman Daniel Levy should resist the temptation to cash in, unless, of course, Tottenham are offered silly money. A bid north of £30million for either of the full-backs might come into that category. Otherwise, Levy and his fellow board members should hold firm.
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