Manchester City has signed English Kyle Walker from North Londoners, Tottenham Hotspurs in a deal reported to be £45m plus add-ons. The deal could increase to £50m + and could make him the most expensive defender and the record fee for an English player.
Walker, 27 who joined Spurs from Sheffield United in 2009 made 183 Premier League appearances for Spurs but became a second fiddle as manager, Mauricio Pochettino preferred Kieran Trippier to the Brit.
The English defender who has 27 caps to his name has signed a five year deal with the Citizens; ending his eight year stay with Spurs.
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola was in for a full back after the exit of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna and has settled on Kyle Walker after losing the battle to sign 34 year old Dani Alves who joined Paris St. Germain on Wednesday.
Walker said after completing the deal; “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”, he added.
“I feel he can help me take my game to a new level”, said the former Spurs player.
Sheffield United who was his boyhood club will receive 10% of the transfer fee because of a sell on clause that was inserted in his contract before he joined Spurs.
He will join City for preseason in the US and will wear the number two shirt.