Manchester City have unveiled their latest addition Kyle Walker.
The top rated defender joins from Tottenham Hotspur is what might make him the most expensive defender in the world. The England international agreed a five year deal with the Etihad to become the third new face following earlier additions of Bernardo Silva and Ederson.
The deal is reported to be £45 million with add-ons taking it to £50 million. Some other reports claim the deal would cross the £50 million benchmark, eclipsing the deal for David Luiz when he moved from Chelsea to PSG for £50 million net in 2014. Walker is a top player who is expected to hit the targets of Premier League and Champions League to unlock the added funds in add-ons.
“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 and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level,” Walker said.
The England international would wear the No. #2 jersey which Micah Richards wore before he left the club in 2015. Walker said it took him a while to get that jersey number at White Hart Lane but it was up for grabs at City. As a player who has earned a valuable reputation, City offered him the number straight away.
The director of football at City Txiki Begiristain heaped praises on Walker as he was announced to the public. He said Walker was one “fine full back” that was capable of producing quality at both ends of the pitch. He revealed that City watched the player’s progress at Spurs and how he developed into “one of the best right backs in the Premier League and justifiably an England regular.”