Friday 18 August 2017

Walker set for exit after Pochettino row

'Walker is aware he could earn twice as much money elsewhere, especially at City or United' Photo: PA
'Walker is aware he could earn twice as much money elsewhere, especially at City or United' Photo: PA

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Kyle Walker, left on the Spurs bench again for Sunday's North London derby, has decided that his future lies away from Tottenham, writes Jack Pitt-Brooke.

Barcelona have joined Manchester City and Manchester United in pursuit of the England right-back and Walker, having fallen out with Mauricio Pochettino once again over fitness and selection, wants to leave.

Pochettino and Daniel Levy are in no rush to sell any player but if any of the Spurs first team are to be sold this summer then Walker is the likeliest.

He would cost at least £35m, if not closer to £50m, money to invest back into the team and to ensure Spurs do not need to sell their crown jewels Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Danny Rose.

The long-running issue between Walker and Pochettino boils down to the manager's doubts about Walker's fitness and his performances in training.

He thinks Walker struggles to play two big games in a week, a view that Walker seriously disputes. Walker did not play any of Spurs' three Champions League away games.

Walker and Kieran Trippier had been alternating at right-back in April but the crunch came when Trippier got the nod for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and then the big derby.

These events have indicated to Walker that his time is up at Spurs. But there is also the matter of money. Tottenham's rigid wage structure means that the five-year contract Walker signed at the start of the season is for just under £70,000 per week.

Walker is aware he could earn twice as much money elsewhere, especially at City or United.

City are desperate for new quick full-backs as well as English players and are thought to be the favourites.

Walker has not handed in a transfer request at Spurs yet but he is attracted by the possibility of a big move and frustrated by recent events.

When Pochettino was asked last Tuesday about the summer, he admitted some players would be sold, but only if he chose they could go, as might well be the case with Walker this summer. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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