According to reports in the Daily Star, Manchester City are confident that they are closing in on a £40m deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker.
Well, City are said to be confident that they will complete a deal for the England international following the Three Lions’ fixtures against Scotland and France over the next week or so.
With Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta both leaving the club this summer following the expiry of their contracts, Pep Guardiola is desperate to bring in a new right-back in the coming weeks and made Walker his number one target during the season.
The Spaniard wants the club to have all of their transfer business done by the start of July, and that includes a deal for the 27-year-old who would double his current £50,000-a-week wages.
While Spurs have done brilliantly well to be Premier League title contenders over the course of the last two seasons, the lure to work under Guardiola is one that could be too good to turn down and Walker may feel he has more chance of winning trophies at the Etihad.
In addition the Sheffield-born star would like to move closer to his family – who still live there – and a move to City would certainly help him do that.
Even though he has four years left on his contract and is first choice for club and country, Tottenham may feel that an offer of £40m for a right-back is an offer that is too good to refuse.
In the closing stages of the campaign Kieran Trippier was preferred to Walker for the FA Cup semi-final tie against Chelsea at Wembley and the final ever north London derby at White Hart Lane, and he impressed with his performances.
The chance to reinvest that £40m into other areas of the squad will be tempting for Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino as they look to win the Premier League title next term.
It seems more likely that Spurs would sign a player that would provide competition for Trippier, rather than leave the former Burnley man as back up.
The Express claim that they are lining up a move Bournemouth star Adam Smith, which would support those feelings.
Well, it seems more and more likely each day that Walker is going to join Manchester City, and now Tottenham must secure the best deal possible for them to maintain the progress they have made under Pochettino in recent seasons.