There’s a potential breakthrough in the transfer of Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker to Manchester City. On the day that Walker was supposed to report to Hotspur Way for preseason training, Matt Law, writing for the Telegraph, reports that a deal has been reached that will send the right back to Manchester City. The fee is reported to be £50m plus incentives that could bring the total cost of the transfer up to £53m.
Spurs have been been playing hard ball over Walker’s transfer for a while now, and Dani Alves’ decision to sign with PSG instead of City was viewed as one of the catalysts for City to finally meet Spurs’ valuation for Walker.
The £53m fee for 27-year old Walker would represent a record transfer fee for any defender in world football, topping the £50m paid by Chelsea for David Luiz back in 2014.
Law writes that Walker is unlikely to report to Tottenham for preseason training now while personal terms are worked out and the deal is finalized. A medical is expected to take place on Friday, and the transfer could be completed before week’s end.
We’ve known this was coming for a long time but it doesn’t make it any easier. Kyle Walker has been a huge part of Tottenham’s ascendance from a club knocking on the door to a club challenging for Premier League titles. I am extremely sad that it looks like he’s going to go.
Manchester City are getting a fullback in his prime and Walker will be very good for them for at least a couple of seasons. Still, as we’ve argued before, £53m for a 27-year old pace-dependent fullback is good money and it appears that Walker really wants to go. Fair enough.
Law himself thinks this is a pretty good deal for everyone:
I think Walker deal is great for both clubs. Tottenham getting top dollar for player who wanted to go and Man City getting a top right-back— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 13, 2017
The move will leave Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters as the only natural right backs on Spurs’ roster, though this move is likely to mean that Spurs will make a concerted push to sign a replacement. The latest rumors suggest that Porto RB/RM Ricardo Pereira is at or near the top of Spurs’ list.