After the high-profile failure in securing the services of Dani Alves, Manchester City has firmly set their sight on Tottenham want away defender, Kyle Walker.
In a potential transfer deal that is speculated to be in excess of £50million, Walker is on the verge of joining Manchester City from Spurs and in so doing will become the world’s most-expensive defender.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has seemingly ensured that City will eclipse that record for Walker if the add-ons are achieved, having also forced Real Madrid to pay a then overall world record £85m for Gareth Bale in 2013.
It is claimed in the dailies that Manchester City have finally met Tottenham’s asking price for Walker after having a £40million offer for the England right-back knocked back earlier on.
City and Tottenham had been locked in talks for weeks over Walker, with Levy refusing to drop his £50m valuation.
Walker had been scheduled to return to Tottenham for pre-season training on Thursday, but will instead finalize his switch to City and undergo a medical before joining his new team-mates for the tour of America.
City Boss, Pep Guardiola will be happy with this signing due to the exit of long serving right-back, Pablo Zabaletta. The Argentine bid his farewell to City faithfuls at the end of their penultimate game last season.
Walker fell out of favour under Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino last season after having his head turned by City’s interest.
The 27-year-old informed Pochettino that he wanted to leave White Hart Lane towards the end of the campaign and it was decided that Spurs would allow him to go if their valuation was met.
Pochettino preferred Kieran Trippier for many of Tottenham’s biggest games in last season’s run-in and the 26-year-old signed a new five-year contract after playing his way into the England squad.
The Blues will initially pay Spurs £45million, rising to just over £50million in add-ons to surpass the previous record of £50million Paris Saint Germain paid Chelsea for David Luiz in 2014.
Walker, 27, has travelled up to Manchester and will have his medical on Friday before signing a five-year deal with City.