Manchester City close to signing Kyle Walker from Tottenham for £50m

Manchester City close to signing Kyle Walker from Tottenham for £50m

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to sell right-back Kyle Walker to Manchester City for a fee of £50 million, according to ESPN FC.

Mauricio Pochettino has created a careful blend of personalities at Spurs and has consistently rid the club of negative influences such as Younes Kaboul and Emmanuel Adebayor, so Walker, theoretically, should be no different.

He is the archetypal Pochettino full-back, possessing lung-busting stamina, searing pace and plenty of attacking intent and stylistically he would be an excellent like-for-like replacement for Walker. This has tempted Jose to go for Dier once again, but with Spurs' resistance, he could be forced to look elsewhere.

With Walker included, the names in the most expensive defence certainly do not jump out at you, or impress you for that matter.

In the past, Spurs have waited until the latter stages of the summer transfer window before making moves for players.

The heavy amount of hype surrounding the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Etihad Stadium fell somewhat on its face, as it was the first season that the Catalan coach went trophyless as a manager. The Brazilian, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, opted to join Paris Saint-Germain, though.

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That said, there's a context here that makes this fee quite incredible.

Manchester City's big summer of spending is set to continue.

What this transfer indirectly demonstrates is just how difficult it is to find a right back in today's market.

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"He's going to play every game now".

Losing Walker is unquestionably a blow to Tottenham.