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Walker joins City on five-year deal

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

A world-record deal for a defender, £50m for the 27-year-old defender.

Walker has signed a five-year contract and will wear City’s number two shirt and he said: “I am thrilled and can’t wait to get started

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.

He has made strengthening his options at full-back a priority this summer, they are working hard to finish the transfer of Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy to the club.

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.

“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.”

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “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.”

Mauricio Pochettino was happy to sell Walker after relations between the pair deteriorated towards the end of the season and Kieran Trippier developed into his preferred choice in the position.

Tottenham are interested in Porto’s Ricardo Pereira as a replacement, while they have also scouted Hertha Berlin’s Mitchell Weiser and Torino’s Davide Zappacosta.

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