Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have agreed a £50 million, plus add-ons, fee with Tottenham Hotspur for their 27-year-old defender Kyle Walker, as per the reports from the Daily Telegraph. His £50 million move could rise to £53 million if certain expectations are met, and in the process, he will surpass David Luiz's £50 million transfer to PSG back in 2014 and will become the most expensive defender in the history of the sport.
Independent has quoted that Walker has already travelled to Manchester and will undergo a medical on Friday before becoming the most expensive defender. Manchester City have long been chasing the 27-year-old Three-Lion, but Tottenham were reluctant on selling him. City initially tabled a £35m offer for the right-back, but Tottenham stood firm on their £50m valuation of the player. Eventually, City turned their heads towards Dani Alves, who terminated his contract with Juventus and was available on free.
Tottenham Hotspur are standing firm in their stance that they will not be bullied over into selling Eric Dier and Kyle Walker, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The North London outfit, for long, has been a feeder club for English and European heavyweights in the past. However, that is set to change now on as they are adamant that they will not be forced to sell two of their star players to direct rivals unless their terms are met.
Dier has been United manager Jose Mourinho's top target in the summer as he looks to add more strength and stability to the defensive midfield area. It has been reported that the club have already have had a bid rejected for the 23-year old as Spurs insist that the England international is not for sale and are unlikely to change their position anytime soon.
The 23-year old can play in the backline as a centre-back or a right-back and can also slot in a defensive midfield position and Spurs know that a player of his capability and calibre will be hard to replace. They are, however, in advanced talks with Argentine club Estudiantes over the transfer of highly-rated 19-year defender old Juan Foyth, who can also play in midfield.
Walker, on the other hand, is considered expendable by the club and they have been in negotiations with Manchester City in order to hash out a deal for the 27-year old full-back. However, the talks have reportedly hit a snag with the Citizens unwilling to match up to Spurs' asking price of £50 million for the Englishman.
Pep Guardiola' Manchester City are hopeful of landing the likes of Juventus' Dani Alves, Tottenham's Kyle Walker and Monaco's Benjamin Mendy before they travel to the United States to play their pre-season friendlies, as per the reports from the Daily Telegraph. Furthermore, the same source has added that Guardiola is still keen on Arsenal's hotshot Alexis Sanchez and is willing to show patience in acquiring him.
There is no denying the fact that City are vying to acquire a couple of world-class full-backs having released the likes of Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna earlier this month. Besides the French duo, Pablo Zabaleta has also completed his move to West Ham United, leaving the Citizen short on their defensive unit. Following all this, Guardiola has identified his former employee Dani Alves as a perfect replacement and also, Tottenham's Kyle Walker.
Earlier it was reported that a fee of around £5m would be enough for landing the Brazilian sensation, but with him terminating his contract with the Old Lady, he is now available for free. Alves sure is a cheap option, but same cannot be said of Kyle Walker. Tottenham's chairman Daniel Levy is holding on to his £50m price tag, but with the player reportedly willing to make a switch, the aforementioned source has said that a fee near to £45m will be negotiated.
Furthermore, with no real quality on the left flank as well, the Spanish gaffer has set his sights on Monaco's 22-year-old left-back Benjamin Mendy. As if signing Bernardo Silva from the French outfit for £43.6m wasn't enough, the Citizen are ready to raid them for the second time running. He, as expected, won't come cheap as well, with a fee of near to £34.7m being touted as the perfect capital.
Tottenham Hotspur have identified Porto's 23-year-old right-back Ricardo Pereira as one of the perfect replacements of the ManchesterCity-bound Kyle Walker, as per the reports from Sky Sports.
Rumours have been circulating that Pep Guardiola wants Kyle Walker to replace the recently departed Pablo Zabaleta - who joined West Ham United last month. Tottenham are well expected to retain Walker for as long as possible, but should the English decides to make a move, Tottenham will need fall short in defensive unit.
The aforementioned source has also added that Tottenham's scouting team watched Ricardo Pereira throughout his two-year loan spell at French club Nice. he reportedly carries a £22m release clause on his head, which, in current scenario, is a complete bargain of a price. Since joining Nice back in 2015, the 23-year-old Portuguese international made a total of 57 appearances, scoring two goal - both coming in last season.
Watford FC in negotiations for managerial appointment, Arsenal forward prefers a return back to Spain in the summer, Pep Guardiola increasingly confident of signing English full-back, but faces competition from former club in the race for Arsenal's talisman and Italian club AC Milan join race for in-demand French hitman – all this in our today's Premier League transfer round-up:
Marco Silva In Negotiations With Watford
Former Hull City manager Marco Silva is deep in negotiations with Premier League side Watford FC to take over the post of the manager ahead of next season. The Hornets let go of Walter Mazzarri after a poor end to the season and have been looking at Silva as the ideal replacement.
The 38-year old took over at Hull in January and almost managed to produce a magical turnaround to keep the Tigers up, but having failed to do so, he decided to resign by activating a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave the club. Silva, a former manager at Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos, led the Tigers to eight wins during his 22 games in-charge.
Liverpool and Chelsea to fight it out for Serie A defender, Jose Mourinho eyes reunion with midfielder from former club, Tottenham willing to let go of first-teamer for £40 million, Manchester City leading the race for versatile defender from Ligue 1 and Champions League finalists Real Madrid targeting a move for midfield powerhouse from the Premier League – all this in the today's transfer round-up of the Premier League;
Chelsea, Liverpool Still In For Koulibaly
Premier League champions Chelsea and rivals Liverpool are set to go head to head in the race for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Frenchman has been long linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea reportedly having a bid rejected last summer. And since then, Koulibaly has gone on to sign a new contract with the Partenopei extending his stay till June 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped the Blues from plotting an approach in the upcoming window, and Liverpool to have seemed to join the hunt.
Last month, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis left the door open for an exit in the summer. He was quoted as saying, by The Sun:
"If there's a new offer from Chelsea for Koulibaly? It will depend on the player's will, because if he doesn't want to stay then he can leave."
Koulibaly, if he does decide to leave, will not come cheaply and will cost in excess of £50 million.
In today's transfer round-up Manchester United are set to make their long-term target the highest paid player in the Premier League, title challengers Tottenham Hotspur could lose their star full-back after a furious row with the manager. More Manchester United news as the Red Devils are in the driver's seat to beat neighbours City to the signing of Danish goalkeeper while they could lose out on a potential defensive target to Inter Milan:
Antoine Griezmann To Become The Highest Paid Player in England
Manchester United will have to shell out wages close to £300,000-per-week if they are to sign top transfer target Antoine Griezmann, which would make him the best paid player in the Premier League.
The Frenchman has been linked heavily with a move to Old Trafford for quite some time now and the 20-time league winners are expected to complete the transfer in the summer.Griezmann, 26, has set the asking price high as United aren’t guaranteed of a spot in the UEFA Champions League yet, something which he would enjoy with his current club Atletico Madrid.
His wage demand would eclipse the current highest earners for the Red Devils – Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney. The £295,000 that he has demanded would come up to a total of £77 million over five years and add to that the £76 million buy-out clause in his contract, the transfer cost United close to a whopping £155 million including the transfer fees and wages over the course of a five-year deal for the player.
Liverpool set to slap a huge price tag on striker Daniel Sturridge, Jose Mourinho looks to invade the French Ligue 1 in the summer transfer window as he plans another huge outlay, Pep Guardiola to tempt Tottenham star with a bumper contract offer and Arsenal looking at Serie A to strengthen their defence– we bring you the latest scoops in today's transfer round-up of the Premier League.
Liverpool Place A £40 Million Valuation on Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool will allow striker Daniel Sturridge to leave in the summer, only if the £40 million valuation is met, according to reports.
The 27-year old Englishman has struggled for game time this season under Jurgen Klopp due to injury problems and when fit, he hasn’t been able to fit into the scheme of things under Jurgen Klopp. Sturridge was of interest for French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain in the last summer and is also a target for West Ham United.
Liverpool, over the years, have made huge profits from sales of their strikers, be it Fernando Torres to Chelsea, Luis Suarez to Barcelona and more recently Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace. And with Sturridge's future looking bleak at Anfield, the Reds believe they can sell him for a large fee in the summer.
Today’s transfer roundup discusses the plausible entries of Real Madrid midfield pair of James Rodriguez and Mateo Kovacic to the Premier League, disillusioned with the playing time both have received. Hector Bellerin from Arsenal has been on Barcelona’s radar, as they need a right back. Another top right back in the Premier League, Kyle Walker, playing for Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham, is being linked with a move to Manchester City. Daniel Sturridge is being linked with a move to West Ham to rejuvenate his recently injury-crocked career at Liverpool.
James eyes the No.10 jersey, again
James Rodriguez was the man of the moment when he signed for Real Madrid from AS Monaco. Two seasons later, he has fallen out of favour, having to play the role of a substitute behind the galacticos in the Madrid side. He can play on the right wing and behind the striker, and Jose Mourinho would use his pace and ability to add goals to his side, with six goals and six assists in a mere 18 appearances in La Liga. With the pressure on his attackers this season, Mourinho would look to strengthen and show intent for a Manchester United side ready to return to the pinnacle of English football. James will have his work cut out, to impress his manager in training and tracking back to win the ball in matches, or as he has learned at Madrid, the price and the number on the shirt are not enough to guarantee his place in the team. (ESPN)