According to reports in the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur are demanding £45m for Manchester City target Kyle Walker this summer, and the Citizens must decide whether they are willing to pay the fee.
Well, after releasing Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna at the end of last season City boss Pep Guardiola is looking to sign two new right-backs according to the story in the Daily Star, with Juventus’ Dani Alves and Walker at the top of his list.
However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy won’t be letting the England international go on the cheap and is demanding £45m to even consider letting the 27-year-old leave.
Now, City will need to make a decison on whether they are willing to pay that fee for a player that might not even be first choice, if Alves joins too.
The Daily Star story suggests that the Sheffield-born player is keen to be nearer his family in Sheffield and a move to Manchester would certainly achieve that, but the potential addition of Alves will surely be a worry for Walker.
The 27-year-old would have initially thought that he would be the first choice right-back at the Etihad, but the fact that Alves was so successful working with Guardiola at Barcelona previously would suggest that the Brazilian may start ahead of him.
However, at 34 years of age Walker would know that he holds the advantage in the long-term.
He certainly would be.
The Three Lions star has established himself as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League and the preferred choice in his position for the national team during his time with Spurs, and his attacking threat has certainly provided an extra attacking dimension for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
However, the north London outfit would have been buoyed by the impressive performances of Kieran Trippier in the closing stages of last season, and they may feel they already have Walker’s replacement in their ranks if the 27-year-old does go.
Well, with four years left on his remaining deal Tottenham are well within their rights to demand the fee they want for Walker, and it all depends on whether City will be willing to meet the £45m asking price.