Kyle Walker could be set for one of the craziest moves of the transfer window, with the Manchester City defender attracting interest from a European giant.
Walker has only started nine Premier League games this season after picking up a groin injury before the World Cup break.
In addition to that, the emergence of teenager Rico Lewis, who manager Pep Guardiola called a ‘little Philipp Lahm’ earlier this month, has limited Walker’s game time.
Walker’s contract situation is reportedly catching the eye of Turkish giants Fenerbahce. Given his age and the length of his deal, the England international would be available at a cut-price fee.
Turkish outlet A Spor claims Fenerbahce are prepared to offer between €6 million and $7 million, with manager Jorge Jesus keen on the player.
That’s a steep drop from the £50 million City paid for Walker’s services when he left Tottenham Hotspur in 2017. Since moving to City, Walker has won four Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup.
Turkey’s transfer window doesn’t close until February 8, which means a move could materialise at any point before next Wednesday.
Walker has been linked with a move away. (Image Credit: Alamy)What could throw a spanner into Fenerbahce’s plan is Joao Cancelo’s shock City departure. The full-back was instrumental in City’s back-to-back Premier League title wins over the last two years, even being named in PFA Team of the Year twice.
He’s slipped down the pecking order this season and Nathan Ake, who scored the winner in Friday’s FA Cup fourth round victory over Arsenal, has established himself at left-back.
The Athletic have reported the former Juventus and Inter Milan man will be allowed to move to Bayern Munich on loan before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Cancelo’s departure could keep Walker around. (Image Credit: Alamy)Bayern, who are expecting to lose Benjamin Pavard this summer, are likely to have a buy clause in the deal. The value is currently unknown, although it’s expected to be steep given Cancelo has four years remaining on his City deal.
City spent £55 million on Cancelo in 2019, with Brazilian full-back Danilo heading to Juventus as part of the deal.
He has gone on to make 154 appearances in all competitions, winning two Premier League titles and the League Cup. City are currently second in the Premier League table, five points behind Arsenal.