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Senior Man City star leaves Guardiola fuming by ‘saying yes’ to huge transfer; one obstacle left for move

Man City stars Kyle Walker, Manuel Akanji, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez

Man City stars Kyle Walker, Manuel Akanji, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has turned his back on Pep Guardiola and will instead join a major European club this summer, according to one insider.

Walker’s future at the Etihad has become uncertain in recent months due to his contract expiring in June 2024. It has been suggested he will refuse to agree an extension with City due to him falling down the pecking order last season.

Guardiola has begun using a new formation which involves three central defenders and either John Stones or Rico Lewis playing in a hybrid midfield-defence role on the right flank. The tactician has publicly stated Walker does not have the necessary attributes to perform this role, which is why he did not start in the Champions League final triumph over Inter.

German giants Bayern have attempted to capitalise on the situation in recent weeks. Walker has also been the subject of interest from boyhood club Sheffield United and rich teams in Saudi Arabia, but it is Bayern who have pushed hardest to sign him.

After Bayern entered ‘advanced talks’ with Walker’s camp, City tried to prevent his exit by offering him a new contract.

But the contract proposal hasn’t worked. According to Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg, who has regularly broken news on Walker’s situation, Bayern have reached a ‘total agreement’ with Walker ahead of his prospective move to Bavaria. That comes after the right-back ‘said yes’ to the advances of Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel.

Should the move go ahead, then Walker will sign a two-year contract with Bayern. The deal will include the option of a further 12 months.

However, as Plettenberg points out, there is still one obstacle left for Bayern to overcome as they must organise a transfer fee with City. Due to Walker being 33 years old, and the fact his contract is running down, City will not be able to hold out for a huge sum.

Kyle Walker poised for Man City departure

Although, it has previously been suggested that Bayern could bid as much as €20-30m (£17.1-25.6m) for the England international. That top figure would represent good business for City.

Walker is far from the only City man who could depart Guardiola’s squad before next season begins. Joao Cancelo is hoping to force his way out on a permanent basis following his loan spell with Bayern. Aymeric Laporte is aiming to secure a move after becoming frustrated with his lack of game time, just like Walker.

Bernardo Silva, meanwhile, could head to Saudi Arabia as Al Hilal are ready to offer him an astronomical wage. Of course, Guardiola has already lost club captain Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona on a free.

Meanwhile, a City winger could form an exciting partnership with a Liverpool hero when joining his next club, according to reports.