Manchester City sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham for a world-record equalling fee for a defender

​Manchester City have signed Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker on a five-year deal.

City have paid £50m for the 27-year-old – a world record-equalling fee for a defender.
The £50 million for the right-back, surpasses the £47.5m that City paid Everton for John Stones a year ago.

David Luiz’s 2014 move to Paris Saint-Germain from Chelsea also reportedly could have reached £50m after bonus clauses, following an initial £42m fee.

Walker, 27, has signed a five-year deal and will join up with City’s first-team squad on Monday when they fly out on their preseason tour to the United States. He will wear the No. 2 shirt.

Pep Guardiola identified the England international as a top target after allowing right-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna to leave on a free transfer at the end of last season.

City stepped up their interest after missing out on the free transfer of Dani Alves, who opted to move to Paris Saint-Germain instead after leaving Juventus.
“I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started,” Walker told City’s website. “Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”
Txiki Begiristain, the Club’s Director of Football, added: “Kyle is a fine full-back, one capable of producing quality at both ends of the pitch.

“We’ve followed his progress at Tottenham and have been really impressed by how he has developed. He is now one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and justifiably an England regular.

“I am sure he will be a success at Manchester City this season and beyond.”
Walker made 31 league starts under Mauricio Pochettino last season as Tottenham recorded their highest top-flight finish since the 1962-63 season.

The right-back recorded five assists for the Premier League runners-up, the joint-most for a defender in the division alongside Bournemouth’s Adam Smith and Spurs team-mate Kieran Trippier, who made six of his 12 appearances from the bench.

Walker also ranked highly among chances created by defenders and his 75 dribbles attempted was only less than Cherries full-back Smith (87) and Watford’s Jose Holebas (88).
Walker, who joined Spurs from Sheffield United in 2009 and made 183 Premier League appearances, added: “I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”

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