I’M a big fan of Kyle Walker but I think Manchester City are paying over the odds for the England right back.
For the sort of money being talked about – £45million at the last count, plus add-ons – I would want a renowned striker who is going to guarantee me goals.
No disrespect to full backs (I was one myself at the tail end of my lame career), but this sort of outlay is beyond comprehension.
Walker has seen his once-guaranteed place in the Tottenham first team challenged by rising star Kieran Trippier, and has become disillusioned.
He wants to cement his place as England’s first choice right back, and a move to City seems a reasonable option.
I think he might be missing a trick though because will be among the Premier League front runners next season. Possibly title contenders.
But if he’s not happy – as seems to be the case – then a move is the best option. Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t want an unhappy player in his ranks.
Walker, who has won 27 caps for England, will not join up with the Spurs squad for pre-season training. And that can mean only one thing. Time’s up.
It’s reported today that City are close to completing the signing of the former Spurs and Sheffield United star, and are not scared off by the asking price.
Walker will undergo a medical today and sign this afternoon. Then join up with his new colleagues for their tour of the United States. Big win for City; big loss for Spurs.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is also hopeful of concluding a £40million deal for Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy before they leave for the US..
Guardiola released three full backs at the end of last season, including both right-sided players – Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.