Tottenham are ditching Kyle Walker – but they’ll demand a staggering £40 million for the England full back.
After talks between Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy, Walker will be allowed to leave White Hart Lane this summer.
And that will spark a bidding war between Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.
It’s believed Bayern Munich also joined the chase for the speedy defender last night with German legend Philipp Lahm playing his final Bundesliga game against Freiburg yesterday before retiring.
Despite wanting to keep his squad together for another attack on the Premier League title after two near misses, Pochettino will let Walker leave.
But Tottenham are adamant Walker will be the only one of their main first team stars to go before next season – with England duo Danny Rose and Eric Dier off limits and not for sale.
Relationships are believed to be frosty between Walker and Pochettino with the Spurs star a target for Pep Guardiola since the turn of the year with City prepared to double the defender’s £70,000-a-week wages.
Back-up Kieran Trippier has been preferred to Walker in some recent games and Pochettino believes the former Burnley full back can assume the number one role next season.
City are favourites to sign Walker, 27 next Sunday, with Guardiola believing the speed and attacking instincts of the England star are perfectly suited to his game plan.
Guardiola has released veteran right back Pablo Zabaletta and Bacary Sagna will also be on his way leaving Walker the perfect opportunity to sign a huge new deal that would beyond Tottenham’s budget.
Chelsea are keen on Walker too as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen after their League title win but Spurs won’t want to sell to their London rivals.
And given City’s interest and financial muscle it’s unlikely Walker would turn his back on the the Etihad Stadium and the Premier League – even for Bayern Munich.
But a bidding war would suit Levy who is committed to squeezing every penny out of Walker’s exit after deciding not to cash in on crown jewels Harry Kane and Dele Alli.