Tottenham transfer twist: PL giants put off by £45m price tag and turn to cut-price alternative - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Manchester City are not willing to meet Tottenham’s asking price for fullback Kyle Walker and they have turned their attention to Monaco’s Fabinho, according to a report.
The Mail claims that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will only sell the 26-year-old England international for a fee starting around £45million.
The story follows up from the report in the Mirror which suggested that Tottenham had agreed to let Walker leave the club if a club is willing to meet the asking price of £40million.
The Mail reports that Manchester City, who have been heavily linked with a move for Walker, are set to turn their attentions to Monaco’s 23-year-old Brazilian defender Fabinho because it would be cheaper to buy him.
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It reported that everything came to a head after Walker was left on the substitutes’ bench for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and the last ever North London at White Hart Lane.
Walker has not been able to play in Tottenham’s last two Premier League matches away at Leicester City and Hull City as he has been suffering from a ankle injury.
The English fullback has been impressive over the last couple of seasons at Tottenham and he is one of the main reasons why the club have become title contenders under Pochettino.
Football Insider verdict
Daniel Levy understands that Manchester City are fully capable of paying £45million if they are seriously interested in a player. Kyle Walker’s future looks more and more likely to be away from North London and he certainly won’t be too pleased with the huge price tag placed over his head. £45million is a lot of money but fullbacks are in high demand in Europe at the moment and Levy knows that Pep Guardiola is desperate for some fresh faces in this position with Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov all coming to the end of the careers. The ball is in Manchester City’s court and it appears that they will smartly go for the cheaper option and this could mean that Walker might stay for at least one year at Tottenham.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a £21.5million striker who has ripped up a tough league this season has pushed for a massive move after Spurs agreed personal terms.