In Focus: Tottenham would be mad to keep Walker if they receive £35m offer

According to reports in the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to listen to offers in excess of £35m for unsettled right-back Kyle Walker.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the England international has been linked with moves away to a number of clubs in recent weeks including Manchester City, and he is said to be ready to leave White Hart Lane this summer.

The rumours have intensified in recent weeks after Kieran Trippier was preferred on the right for the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea and the 2-0 success against Arsenal in the last ever north London derby at White Hart Lane last weekend.

However, he did start the clash against West Ham on Friday night to perhaps show that his future isn’t decided just yet.

Why would he want to leave?

There are a couple of reasons.

Firstly, he may feel that he is more likely to win trophies under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in the long-term, than perhaps he will if he stays with Spurs.

Secondly, he will also know that he could earn significantly more if he did leave White Hart Lane, and that could have some bearing on his decision.

Could they yet keep him?

Of course they could.

If they were to offer him a bumper new contract and show the ambition during the summer that they can be Premier League title contenders for years to come, it could persuade Walker that he doesn’t need to leave the club to fulfil his ambitions.

Would they be happy with £35m?

They probably would, yes.

Trippier has already impressed when he has been on the pitch this term, and Pochettino may feel that he can use the money to strengthen his squad in other areas if the former Burnley man is ready to become a first team regular.

What’s the verdict, then?

Despite Walker starting against the Irons, the fact that he was on the bench against Chelsea and Arsenal has certainly raised suspicions over his future, and it could be an interesting summer.