Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker is seemingly edging closer and closer to an exit from the club, with reports claiming Spurs are ready to accept a £35m+ bid for him.
It’s a story that has rumbled on over the past fortnight or so with talk of an exit gathering pace as reports claimed that the England international had held talks with Mauricio Pochettino.
According to the Evening Standard, that was in large part down to the fact that he was aware he could double his current £70,000-a-week contract elsewhere, with Manchester City being singled out as the most likely destination.
To add fuel to the fire and seemingly to make the whole situation worse though, Walker was dropped for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and the north London derby against Arsenal last month, and so that was seen as another indication that things weren’t right at White Hart Lane.
It’s added in the report that the attitude from Tottenham has changed in so far as they’ve become more open to the idea of selling this summer, but they’ll only be holding talks if a club lodges an offer of over £35m.
Naturally, the counter-argument will be that Spurs have continuously insisted that they want to keep all of their best players, and while Kieran Trippier has impressed in Walker’s absence, Pochettino needs a deep squad with plenty of options if they are to compete on various fronts next season and beyond.
In turn, it’s hard to understand why they’d be willing to sell him, and so ultimately it will come down to the will of the player as to whether he is happy to stay in north London or wants to push for a move elsewhere at the end of the season.