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Man City star tipped for surprise move with Championship club ‘most interested’ in completing statement signing

Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker of Man City

Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker pictured after Man City friendly

Sheffield United are the ‘most interested’ club as Kyle Walker prepares to leave Manchester City, according to a report.

Walker has been on City’s books since July 2017. The Citizens paid Tottenham an initial £45million for the right-back, plus £5m in add-ons. He has proven to be a great signing for the club, having made 240 appearances and helped City win trophies such as the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup under Pep Guardiola.

However, for the first time, Walker is no longer a regular in the City starting eleven. This season, Guardiola has used inverted full-backs who slot into midfield and get more involved in possession.

Guardiola has publicly admitted that the England international does not have the ability to perform such a role. This has resulted in either John Stones or Rico Lewis taking his place for the most part.

With Walker’s City deal expiring in June 2024, he is being tipped to leave the Etihad either on a cut-price deal this summer or via a free transfer next year.

Aston Villa, where Walker had a loan spell in the 2010-11 season, represents one potential destination. According to Football Insider, Villa have ‘set their sights’ on the 32-year-old.

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Villans boss Unai Emery wants players who are proven at the top level to join his squad ahead of them potentially playing in Europe next term. And Walker is an ideal capture.

However, Villa are not the side pushing hardest to land Walker. As per 90Min, another of Walker’s former clubs, Sheff Utd, are ‘most interested’ in snapping him up.

Sheff Utd ‘would love’ to capture Man City ace

The Blades ‘would love’ to take Walker back to Bramall Lane if they achieve promotion back to the Premier League this season. And the 75-cap international is attracted by the prospect of returning ‘home’.

While Sheff Utd would like to snare Walker ahead of next season, it is more likely he will run down his City contract ahead of returning to his boyhood club next summer.

Sheffield-born Walker joined the Blades at the age of seven. He graduated to the Sheff Utd senior squad in January 2009 and went on to make a handful of appearances before Tottenham came calling that summer.

The north London side agreed to buy both Walker and team-mate Kyle Naughton, though Walker was loaned back to Sheff Utd for the following season.

He impressed at right-back in 2009/10, only to be surprisingly recalled by Spurs during the winter transfer window.

The defender then had temporary spells at QPR and Villa. But by summer 2011 he had returned to Spurs for good. He played 229 matches in a Spurs shirt, scoring four goals, only for City to steal him in 2017. When Walker joined the Manchester outfit, he became the most expensive English player of all time, a record which has since been surpassed by the likes of Harry Maguire and Jack Grealish.

Meanwhile, City are ready to offer one of their best players a huge new contract, according to a trusted source.