Tottenham Prepare To Lose Key Defender
Tottenham Hotspur could lose the services of defender Kyle Walker as early as this month with Manchester City keen on wrapping up a summer deal for his signature.
The England international was largely playing second fiddle to Kieran Trippier in the back end of the season after manager Mauricio Pochettino was impressed by his work rate on the field.
Walker has become a real fan favourite at Tottenham Hotspur over the years, but he may no longer ply his trade for the north London club following a late season rift with Pochettino. The former Sheffield United man wants to be the undisputed number one on the right side of the defence, and this is not a certainty following the emergence of Trippier.
According to The Star, Tottenham are facing the prospect of losing Walker once he returns from international duty for England. Surprisingly, Trippier also earned his maiden call-up to the Three Lions squad, but Walker could be backed to feature in the games against Scotland and France before an extended rest.
According to The Star, Walker is among the leading candidates on Manchester City's shortlist, and Pep Guardiola is said to want to clinch the deal as early as this month. City take on Spurs in a friendly next month, but Guardiola wants Walker to be integrated into his style of play before the all-Premier League clash.
Tottenham also face the prospect of losing a couple of other players in the transfer window with Danny Rose and Eric Dier considering their futures owing to a lack of a salary increase. Spurs chief Daniel Levy has highlighted that the players would not be receiving any boost in wages for their efforts last season, and this is unlikely to go well with the likes of Walker, who earns just over £50,000 a week.