Spurs play hardball over Kyle Walker as Man City have 110m for 3 defenders

Man City target four defenders

The big transfer rumour on the back page of the Star on Sunday isan update on Man City’s ongoing attempts to sign fullbacks this summer.

It’s been a long touted story that Pep Guardiola is seeking to sign top quality defenders in the off-season, as the likes of Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy leave the Etihad Stadium.

In a case of deja vu, the Star recycle the same old names being linked with the Sky Blues: Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, Juve’s Dani Alves, Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand and Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy.

Were all four players to sign, Man City would then have two fabulous options in each fullback position.

Spurs play hardball

Unfortunately the Star offer little information on how Man City are getting on with their defensive targets, save to say that Guardiola has110 million to spent on Walker, Bertrand and Mendy.

Alves is likely to join City on a free transfer.

But will City land all their targets? The Star note that talks with Tottenham are going slowly, as Spurs powerbroker Daniel Levy refuses to budge from his50 million asking price for Walker.

The tabloid tells their readers:

A compromise at 45m could be agreed this week, as Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Levy that Walker can go.

Pochettino now regards Kieran Trippier, 26, as his first-choice right-back and Spurs have already lined up Ricardo Pereira, who is rated at 22m, as a potential replacement for Walker.

Man City target defenders