Spurs agree £45 million Kyle Walker sale to Man City
The right-back is officially the most expensive English footballer of all-time and signs a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium
Tottenham have confirmed that they will sell Kyle Walker to Manchester City having agreed a £45 million fee with their Premier League rivals.
The 27-year-old also usurps new City team-mate Raheem Sterling (£44m) as the costliest English footballer in history after penning a five-year contract.
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Walker, who ends an eight-year spell at White Hart Lane, has long been a speculated target for City, with boss Pep Guardiola committed to refreshing his full-back options after releasing experienced trio Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna at the end of last season.
We have reached agreement with @ManCity for the transfer of @kylewalker2. We wish Kyle well for the future. pic.twitter.com/iJU5xvTUaM
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 14, 2017
City suffered a blow in their search for reinforcements this week when Dani Alves opted against a move to the Etihad Stadium in favour of joining Paris Saint-Germain but Guardiola now has Walker in the building before embarking on pre-season tour of the United States.
“I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started,” Walker told his new club’s official website.
“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.”
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Walker is the third high-profile arrival of the close season at City, following the arrivals of Portugal playmaker Bernardo Silva and Brazil goalkeeper Ederson, while the Premier League club have been heavily linked to moves for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
His transfer fee could rise depending on silverware won at City, with £2.5m to be paid if they triumph in the Champions League, £1.5m for Premier League glory and £1m for Europa League success.
Guardiola finished without a trophy for the first time in his coaching career when City finished third in the Premier League in 2016-17.
WHAT IS KYLE WALKER’S SHIRT NUMBER?
.@kylewalker2 joins on a five-year deal and will take the number 2 shirt #welcomekylepic.twitter.com/7RDO3HJBkq
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 14, 2017
Man City confirmed on Friday that they have given Walker the No.2 shirt, which was vacant in 2016-17.