Tottenham are ready to consider offers for unsettled defender Kyle Walker, according to the Evening Standard.
The right-back had been left out of the starting eleven for two big matches, prior to Spurs’ Friday night defeat at the hands of West Ham, and reports suggest he is aware that he could earn a huge pay rise if he was to move elsewhere.
Although Tottenham were originally thought to be against selling the 26-year-old, the report states that their stance has softened.
Here are three possible destinations for him if Walker is to be sold this summer…
Manchester City are known to have a firm interest in the right-back and that isn’t surprising as they are currently struggling in the full-back positions.
Pep Guardiola has had an underwhelming first year in the Premier League and a major reason for this was his failure to strengthen at full-back.
He won’t make the same error again and, as one of the best in the Premier League, Walker would make a great signing.
Tottenham are rumoured to want a fee in the region of £35 million and City are one of the few clubs who could pay that for a right-back.
It would be a good move for Walker as he would have the opportunity to further his development under one of the best coaches in the world.
His game has come on a lot under Mauricio Pochettino, but he could only benefit from working under Pep Guardiola.
It would be interesting to see how the Spaniard chose to use him if he did join City as he usually prefers his full-backs to come into midfield areas when his side are in possession, rather than bombing down the wing.
The England international would need time to adjust to this if he was asked to play this way.
Chelsea are one of the few other Premier League teams that could sign Walker and it would be a move that makes a lot of sense for the Blues.
Antonio Conte has had a great first season in England and his 3-4-3 formation has had a lot of success. Walker would be able to slot straight in at right wing-back and he would be a huge upgrade on Victor Moses.
It has been great to see the Nigerian international make the most of his opportunity, but there will be doubts regarding his ability to perform in the Champions League.
An upgrade on Moses may be targeted and Walker fits the bill perfectly.
Throughout this season, Walker has played his best football when he has been given the license to roam forward when his side have played with three centre-backs.
He would be able to slot straight in at Chelsea and provide a bigger threat down the right wing.
Tottenham wouldn’t want to sell to a rival club, but they may not have a choice if Walker’s head does get turned. Although this is more unlikely than a move to City, the possibility shouldn’t be ruled out.
Los Cules have been linked with a move for the England international in recent weeks, according to the Evening Standard, and it would be foolish not to include them in this article. They have massive problems at full-back and will be looking to strengthen in those areas this summer.
As one of the most exciting right-backs in Europe, it isn’t surprising that Walker has been linked with the Spanish giants. He would suit their style of play and has the potential to be a good replacement for Dani Alves.
Although he is a long way from the Brazilian in terms of ability, he is good in both halves of the pitch and would be an upgrade on the current options at the Nou Camp.
It is unknown whether Walker would consider a move away from the Premier League, but he would be foolish not to at least discuss a move with Barcelona if they were interested. They are one of the most successful clubs in the world and he would get the opportunity to play with some great players.
A move abroad would benefit him as a player as he would learn a different style and test himself in a different environment.
Also, if he does want to leave Tottenham this summer, it would be easier to convince the club to sell to a team outside of the Premier League.