Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has become the most expensive defender in the world after his move to Manchester City was announced this afternoon in a deal worth a reported £50 million fee.
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 Manchester City’s official website has confirmed this afternoon that Walker is now a City player, joining up with the club on a five-year deal – and retaining his number two shirt number.
Talking about the switch, Walker said: “I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started.
“Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”
The 27-year-old was an influential part of Tottenham’s title challenge last season, featuring 33 times in the Premier League on his way to being named in the PFA Team of the Year.
In a surprise twist in the Kyle Walker saga, the Standard has claimed that Manchester City also made a last-ditch attempt to persuade Danny Rose to join him at the Etihad next season.
It is understood that, yesterday, whilst Walker was on his way for a medical, representatives of the Manchester side made a late enquiry about the 27-year-old England left-back.
Rose has been side-lined through injury since the end of January, picking up knee ligament damage in the frustrating draw with Sunderland, and he underwent the necessary surgery in May.
With Walker leaving the club this week one player who could be arriving at White Hart Lane ahead of the new season is Estudiantes youngster Juan Foyth, with an agreement edging closer.
The Telegraph have claimed that boss Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful of coming to an arrangement for his fellow Argentinian before August, with the 19-year-old defender an extremely promising young prospect.
Foyth could become Tottenham’s first signing of the summer after a slow start to the transfer window so far, with it understood an offer somewhere in the region of £9million would be enough to draw him in.
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