Kyle walker has put pen to paper a staggering £50 million transfer from Tottenham to Premier League giants Manchester City, making him the most expensive English player ever. The £5 million add-ons will make the England right back ‘s transfer fee surpass the £50 million Chelsea paid to get David Luiz back from PSG in the 2016 transfer window, officially making him the most expensive defender in the football world.
The 27-year-old made his Premier League debut for the London-based club in the 2009-10 season, following his £9 million move from his boyhood club Sheffield United. He rose to the limelight only in the 2011-12 season, bagging 37 appearances for Spurs and establishing himself as the first choice right back at the White Hart Lane. The full back was also crowned the PFA young player of the year following his heroics in the 2011-12 season.
After losing out on Dani Alves to PSG, City boss Pep Guardiola shifted his focus on the versatile defender who had an exceptional season with the Spurs, helping them secure a 2nd position in the Premier League. The England defender has also impressed Gareth Southgate the current England manager with his strength and magnificent attacking skills while tackling around with forwards for the Three Lions. He is expected to be a regular for England and is looking forward to the World Cup in 2019.
The astonishing fee for the English talent still remains a matter of debate for many fans, who believe that better marquee defenders could be fetched for much less. Leonardo Bonucci’s £40 million move from the Serie A champions Juventus to AC Milan is an example of paying convincing fee for a good player. It also is a revealing fact how Premier League teams are not afraid of throwing in cash if they get the players they want. Walker’s addition to the Manchester side will be an asset for Pep Guardiola’s side, as they look forward to compete in the Champions League this season with a strong line up featuring the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Walker has signed a 5-year deal with the Manchester club and was seemingly excited to join the setup under the former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. When asked about the prospect of playing at his new club the defender said, “It feels a bit surreal. I have been at Tottenham for so many years, but I’m excited about beginning a new chapter in my career. I can’t wait to get started. I’m thrilled to be signing for City.”