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Walker Set To Become Most Expensive Defender
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Kyle Walker is set to become the world’s most expensive
defender on Friday with Manchester City prepared to
spend up to £54 million ($70m, 61m euros) for the out of
favour Tottenham player.
Kyle Walker
The 27-year-old England international, who joined Spurs
alongside Kyle Naughton in 2009 for £9m from Sheffield
United, will cost an initial £45m with another £5m due in
a year’s time and £4m due in add-ons, according to The
Times.
That would break the record £50m paid by Paris Saint-
Germain to Chelsea for Brazilian defender David Luiz in
2014, while eclipsing the £49m forked out by City to
Liverpool for Raheem Sterling in 2015, the most for an
English player.
Walker, who has 27 England caps, will earn a reported
£150,000 a week.
He established himself as the first choice right-back at
Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino, but their relationship
deteriorated towards the end of last season.
Kieran Trippier was selected ahead of Walker in both the
FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and then in the north
London derby with Arsenal the following week.
Walker’s arrival will be expensive consolation for
Guardiola after missing out on veteran Brazilian defender
Dani Alves, who snubbed his former Barcelona boss to
join PSG on a free transfer following his departure from
Juventus.
Guardiola failed to win a trophy as a manager for the first
time last season, admitting that at a bigger club like
Barcelona or Bayern Munich he could have faced the
sack.
Guardiola will not be done with flexing the financial
muscle of the Abu Dhabi-owned club as he is also keen
to lure Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy for £40m.
The 22-year-old French international left back will
complete Guardiola’s expensive rebuilding of his defence
having let experienced full-backs Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary
Sagna and Gael Clichy leave at the end of last season.
Should he succeed in signing both Walker and Mendy it
would take his close-season spending to over £168m.
Monaco’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva and
Benfica goalkeeper Ederson joined last month for a total
of £78m.
Guardiola has still to resolve the future of England
goalkeeper Joe Hart, although it looks like he will join
West Ham on loan with City paying a substantial amount
of his wages.
Former French international Samir Nasri is another
player Guardiola is looking to offload after sending the
30-year-old out on loan to Spanish side Sevilla last
season.
  




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