Manchester City are to reportedly open talks with Kyle Walker over a proposed move from Tottenham – but the two clubs are still to agree on a fee.
City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to strengthen his defensive options this summer and has made the England right-back one of his top targets of the summer.
The big-spending Blues believe they can strike a deal, but Tottenham – who have repeatedly insisted players will only leave on their terms – are reportedly holding out for nearer £50million.
Although City remain confident of persuading the Sheffield-born star to return north, Sky sources claim Walker is in no hurry to leave Tottenham, the club where he was forged his reputation as one of Europe’s premier right-backs during his eight-year stint at the club.
But he is understood to have been unhappy at not being selected for some of the club’s high-profile games towards the end of the season, with manager Mauricio Pochettino rotating him with Kieran Trippier.
Trippier has progressed after a slow start at Tottenham and is now looking capable of proving a solid long-term choice for Pochettino.
City are therefore hoping to tempt Walker to the Etihad by offering to make him their primary right-back, despite the player only signing a new five-year deal during the season just elapsed.
City have made the strengthening of their full-back positions a key priority this summer and are also considering a move for one of Benjamin Mendy or Ryan Bertrand for left-back.