Unhappy Tottenham regular will cost PL rivals £50m - report
By Dominic Toner
Manchester City will have to splash out £50million in order to sign Tottenham defender Kyle Walker, according to a report.
The Sun claim that City have identified the 26-year-old as one of his main summer transfer targets, but Spurs will demand a phenomenal £50million fee.
It is understood that City manager Pep Guardiola is confident of landing the right-back after he recently held talks with Spurs about his future.
Walker is also believed to be currently unhappy that his contract sees him paid significantly less than some of his teammates.
The report details that the England international earns less than £60,000-a-week, which is a huge drop from the likes of top earners Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane up at the £100,000-a-week bracket.
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It is understood that Man City are willing to give the defender a huge £150,000-a-week deal to play at the Etihad Stadium next season.
Walker has become an integral first team player since his move to White Hart Lane in 2009 and is a regular in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up.
He was recently recognised by his fellow players in the PFA team of the year alongside teammates Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
Walker has fast become renowned as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League and has found his consistency during recent seasons.
Football Insider verdict:
Walker would certainly be an excellent addition for Man City and he has proven to be one of the best full-backs in the country, which is exactly why Spurs must prevent the move at all costs. The 26-year-old has become crucial to Pochettino’s style and is a driving force on the right flank. There is a strong English core at White Hart Lane that have the potential to win trophies and titles over the next few years, but that should not be dismantled during a transfer window. Walker is essential for the club and they should resolve his current mood with an improved contract offer.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Glenn Hoddle believes the club would be unstoppable if they signed a European attacking pair.