Tottenham are reportedly preparing to sell right-back Kyle Walker this summer, but they will not allow him to leave for anything less than £40m.
The 26-year-old has been an important figure for Spurs this season, making 39 appearances in all competitions. However, there have been suggestions in recent weeks that all is not well between the England international and the club.
Coupled with the fact that he was dropped for big games against Arsenal and Chelsea, The Mirror claim that after talks with Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy, Walker will be allowed to leave north London this summer.
As far as they’re concerned, it’s claimed that Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich will enter a bidding war for him with Tottenham looking for £40m.
While that’s a decent figure to go out and buy a replacement or further strengthen the squad as a whole with Kieran Trippier impressing in recent outings, it’s still a blow for Spurs as they will be desperate to keep all of their top players at the club moving forward.
However, The Express have offered another possibility involving Manchester United, as they believe that Jose Mourinho could offer Luke Shaw plus money in exchange for Walker.
They double down on the suggestion that the Spurs man will collect £40m, and with Shaw valued at £30m, it could take an additional £10m to make a deal.
Shaw has had a difficult season at Old Trafford, with injuries and public criticism from Mourinho setting him back. In turn, an exit from United and a fresh start combined with a reunion with Pochettino following their Southampton days could be the perfect solution for all concerned.
Doubters will use Walker’s possible exit as evidence of their fears for Tottenham becoming a reality as it could spark further departures, but Pochettino will undoubtedly have a plan in place if he loses a key member of his squad.