Bookmakers have closed their markets on Kyle Walker moving to Manchester City after a deal was agreed with Tottenham Hotspur.
Just days after Dani Alves rejected a move to City to join Paris Saint Germain – the club have pushed on to agree terms with Spurs on a move worth more than £50million, which would be a world record for a defender.
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TheGamblingTimes.com revealed earlier this week that even after Alves’s rejection – City were pushing ahead with their plans to sign four new full-backs this summer, two for each side.
Walker is their current main priority on the right, with Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand and Benjamin Mendy of Monaco the two they want to battle on the left.
I understand City are now hoping they can get the Walker deal tied up by the weekend.
The 27-year-old England ace is set to more than double his wages with the move the Etihad.
We spoke to BetVictor’s Head of antepost Football Michael Triffitt about the decision to close the market.
“Kyle Walker has always been on Manchester City’s radar this summer and after opening at 1-2 he has been the only club punters have wanted to be with,” he told told us.
“Backed at all rates till closing at 1-10 he now looks assured to be at the Etihad Stadium.”
BetVictor have also closed their book on Mendy – with his move from Monaco, also looking highly likely.
We spoke to Goal.com’s Manchester City reporter Sam Lee on Walker’s impending move.
“Pep Guardiola identified Kyle Walker as one of his top targets several months ago and Manchester City have been locked in negotiations with Tottenham throughout the summer,” he told us.
“City and Walker agreed personal terms some time ago and it finally seems as though the Blues will get their man. Given he has vast Premier League experience, is homegrown and is also used to playing in a positional play system, thanks to Mauricio Pochettino’s coaching methods, he ticks several boxes for Guardiola.”