Tottenham defender Kyle Walker is set to become the most expensive defender in the world when his move to Manchester City is confirmed, with the Daily Mail reporting a fee of around £54 million.
BBC Sport reported the news yesterday that the 27-year-old defender had agreed terms with the Citizens, with the England international travelling to Manchester on Friday to complete a medical.
And an initial transfer fee of £45 million could yet rise higher with potential add-ons, set to make him the world’s most expensive defender ever ahead of Chelsea’s David Luiz.
In other news, Sky Sports have reported over the past day that Manchester City boss Guardiola is still contemplating making a move for Monaco’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe over the summer.
Spanish football expert Graham Hunter told the news outlet that City’s representatives have been in contact with the French side ahead of a proposed move as they look to swoop for the 18-year-old.
Talking yesterday about City’s interest, Hunter said:
“City are talking actively to Mbappe’s representatives, saying they are best placed to develop his career, where he could work with Pep Guardiola and be paid handsomely.
“The battle is with Manchester City and they are persuasive and Mbappe is now thinking long and hard between London, Madrid, Paris and now Manchester. City are in that battle.”
The report believes that La Liga giants Real Madrid are currently winning the race for the highly-rated forward’s signature this summer, with Arsenal and Liverpool close behind – also per Sky Sports.
In other news, Mbappe’s teammate at Monaco, left-back Benjamin Mendy, is allegedly moving closer to an Etihad move by the day, with the Mirror claiming a £50 million transfer fee has now been agreed.
It is understood that talks between the two clubs have stepped up over the 22-year-old left-back with a view to a deal being finalised before the end of the weekend.
Guardiola is allegedly keen to push a deal through in time for Mendy to join up with his squad for their pre-season tour of America, which begins on Monday, to give him time to settle in to the side.
After releasing resident left-back Gael Clichy at the end of last season, and with alternative option Aleksander Kolarov not getting any younger at 31-years-old, Mendy has been touted as the future.
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