By Matt Farr
Tottenham have received approaches from Manchester City for star defensive duo Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, according to a report.
Goal claim that Pep Guardiola’s City have made enquiries to Tottenham regarding the availability of the England internationals.
It is said that City would look to pay £60million for the duo at the end of the season but chairman Daniel Levy is demanding at least £120million for their joint services.
Walker and Rose, both 26, signed five-year contracts earlier this season.
The duo have recently established themselves as arguably the Premier League’s best full-backs, and they continue to draw the plaudits for their displays – and Levy’s reported monstrous valuation suggests just that.
They have contributed two goals and nine assists between them this season, as Tottenham lie second in the league, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.
Guardiola is keen to make vast improvements to the side he inherited from Manuel Pellegrini at the start of the season, and the defence will be his first point of call.
The former Barcelona boss has often been let down this season by a defence that looks devoid of all security, having shipped four goals to both Everton and Leicester in the last month-and-a-half.
They have conceded more goals than any of their Premier League title rivals this season, and must make amends if they consider their title ambitions a realistic goal.
Of City’s seven first-team defenders, only John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are under the age of 30, and with both Rose and Walker in their mid-20s, Guardiola is seeking to inject both younger, and fresher options into his squad.
He will also have an eye on satisfying UEFA’s home-grown quota, where City could be down to as little as two home-grown players in the summer.
Tottenham and Manchester City go head-to-head at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.
Football Insider verdict
The full-backs will be a priority position in six months’ time, with Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy all out of contract at the end of the season. It seems highly unlikely that Guardiola is going to extend their current deals, so you can expect Man City to be in the market for a full-back or two in the summer. Given their need for home-grown talent, Rose and Walker are the best options. They have been formidable for Tottenham, both defensively and in the attacking-third, and can play exactly how Guardiola wants them to play. However, he is going to need to spend big to land even one of them, and as ridiculous as Levy’s £120million valuation sounds, that’s not much of a surprise in today’s market. But after a £50million swoop for John Stones has yet to pay dividends, there will no doubt be great concern if Guardiola were to spend such a figure on Rose or Walker.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have allowed young forward Shayon Harrison to join Yeovil on loan until the end of the season.