Manchester City signs Kyle Walker from Tottenham for reported £50 million
For a second straight summer, Manchester City appears to be throwing a massive transfer fee to a Premier League rival to sign an English defender.
A year after spending big to lure John Stones from Everton, Manchester City has signed right back Kyle Walker from Tottenham to a five-year deal after a reported £50 million fee ($64.7 million), a world-record amount for a defender. The development comes two days after Dani Alves snubbed Manchester City for a reported lucrative offer from Paris Saint-Germain. Alves was a free agent after being released from his Juventus contract, but the wages PSG will be paying him are reportedly more than double what he was being offered by Manchester City.
As a result, Pep Guardiola's defensive makeover turns to Walker, the attacking right back who will help replace the departed likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna. Manchester City is also reportedly close to signing left back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco as a replacement for Gael Clichy, with his prospective signing coming for another hefty transfer fee.
While losing Walker is a blow for Tottenham, the financial windfall can help the club elsewhere, and it has a ready-made replacement in Kieran Trippier, who started ahead of Walker at times last season.
Walker joins goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Benjamin Silva as new additions for Man City this summer.
“Kyle is a fine fullback, one capable of producing quality at both ends of the pitch," Man City's director of football Txiki Begiristain said in a club statement. “We’ve followed his progress at Tottenham and have been really impressed by how he has developed. He is now one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and justifiably an England regular. I am sure he will be a success at Manchester City this season and beyond.”