Manchester City defender Kyle Walker is reportedly set to leave the club this summer and join a major European club, according to insider sources. The uncertainty surrounding Walker’s future arose from his contract expiring in June 2024. His role has consequently diminished in Pep Guardiola’s plans. Bayern Munich has emerged as the frontrunner in the race to sign the 33-year-old right-back. Furthermore, negotiations have reportedly reached an advanced stage.
Kyle Walker Set to Depart
With his contract set to expire in June 2024, Walker’s future at Manchester City has become uncertain. Guardiola’s new formation, utilizing three central defenders and a hybrid midfield-defensive role on the right flank, has limited Walker’s playing time. The manager publicly stated that Walker does not possess the necessary attributes for this role. This has further led to speculation about the right-back’s future.
Guardiola’s change in tactics to three central defenders has impacted Walker’s role, fueling rumors of his potential exit. Clubs like Bayern Munich, Sheffield United, and Saudi Arabian teams have shown interest in signing him, but Bayern has made notable strides in securing his signature.
Bayern Munich In Agreement with Walker
German giants Bayern Munich have been persistent in their pursuit of Walker, engaging in advanced talks with the player’s representatives. According to reports, Walker has reached a “total agreement” with Bayern Munich and is keen to join manager Thomas Tuchel’s side. The deal is expected to be a two-year contract with the option for a further 12 months.
Although personal terms appear to be settled, Bayern Munich has not yet negotiated a transfer fee with Manchester City for Kyle Walker. Walker’s age and the fact that his contract is running down limit City’s bargaining power. Reports suggest that Bayern Munich could offer up to €20-30m (£17.1-25.6m) for the English international. Nevertheless, this would represent good business for City
Furthermore, as part of the negotiations, Bayern Munich is reportedly ready to offer Benjamin Pavard to Manchester City in a swap deal for Walker. Pavard, a World Cup winner, can play at right-back or in central defense, making him an ideal replacement for Walker. This arrangement could benefit both clubs, providing Manchester City with a versatile defensive option.
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