Manchester City to shatter the record for the most expensive full-back: A wise move by Pep?

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Manchester City are keeping an eye on exciting Tottenham full-back, Kyle Walker. City manager, Pep Guardiola has identified him as the man to be the first choice right-back for him.

Walker was rarely used towards the end of last season by Mauricio Pochettino. This situation has forced the England international to rethink his future and he is reportedly interested in a move away from London.

Guardiola has made the right-back position a priority following Zabaleta’s departure from the Etihad. The English right-back is rated at £40 million, which would make him the most expensive full-back if signed for the mentioned fee. However, the price tag won’t be an issue for Guardiola as he has full financial backing from the owners.

Player stats

Kyle Walker is an impressive attack-minded full-back. He registered 5 assists this season despite drawing a blank on the scoresheet. He has played 39 times for Spurs in all competitions this season.

The 27-year old defender averages just over 4 defensive actions per game. He is very good in aerial duels, winning 67% of his those in the league and has a total of 54% duels won record as well.

He has created 47 chances in all competitions this season which is noteworthy. This stat highlights his attacking prowess. (Stats via Whoscored and Squawka)

What’ll he offer the club?

Versatility. Walker can also slot into the midfield playing as a winger. Pep has shown that he never sticks to one formation, so Walker can be a valuable player if he switches to 3 at the back and deploys wing-backs.

The stats mentioned above clearly indicated his dominance in aerial battles. Needless to say, Man City need some muscle at the back and Walker could add that to the team.

The 27-year old is a very good passer of the ball and therefore, should adapt to Guardiola’s possession system without too many problems.

Manchester City found it hard last season with all their defensive woes. Walker is a very good defender and could play a key role for Guardiola.

Worth the money?

The 27-year old English full-back is rated at £40 million in the market. Although the price tag may raise some eyebrows, Walker with his quality is worth every penny.

He also boasts enough experience which is a bonus for Manchester City. Ultimately, Pep Guardiola and Manchester City will be doing good business if they can manage to pull this deal off. Considering they have money to spend, why shouldn’t they go after players which will additionally make their rivals weaker?

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