Report: Barcelona shortlist Tottenham 26-year-old, Levy to demand at least £60m
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham will demand £60million for Kyle Walker amid growing interest from Barcelona, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim the Spanish giants have shortlisted Walker after drawing up candidates to become their long-term right-back.
It is said that Barcelona chiefs “highly regard” the rampaging 26-year-old, who has developed into one of the outstanding full-backs in the Premier League.
The Standard report that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will demand “at least” £60million for Walker due to his importance to the team and the fact he signed a new five-year contract at the end of last year.
Barcelona are also keeping close tabs on Mario Gaspar, the Spain international who plays for Villarreal, as well as Djibril Sidibe, who played for Monaco in their 5-3 defeat at Manchester City in the Champions League last night.
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Walker has had a fine season in a Tottenham side who are challenging strongly for a top-four finish for the second consecutive season.
He has made 28 appearances in all competitions and provided six assists from 24 Premier League matches, an excellent return for a full-back.
Football Insider verdict:
Prising the top players from Tottenham in the coming years will not be an impossible task, but will certainly be an expensive one. Spurs have tied nearly all their senior players to lengthy contracts over the last 12 months, enabling them to slap big price tags on them. £60million might seem a ridiculous sum for a full-back whose defensive qualities are questionable, but Walker has few peers in his position in the Premier League and has the pedigree and youth to fill the flank role at a top club for the next half decade. If Barcelona do make a big push, they will need to pay top dollar.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Daniel Levy has lined up the next Spurs arrival as the deal is all but done.