Kyle Walker has joined Manchester City from Tottenham for around £50million on a five-year deal.
City targeted a move for Walker before the end of this past season, but put their interest on hold to pursue other targets.
Dani Alves’ move to Paris Saint-Germain forced their hand however, and they pushed forward with a move for Walker.
The initial fee is £45m, but could rise to £50m, which would make the right-back the most expensive defender in history.
“I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started,” Walker told City’s official 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.”
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 14, 2017
Paris St Germain broke the world record for a defender when they signed David Luiz for £50million in 2014, while City made £47.5million John Stones the most expensive Englishman of all time in that position two years later.
In announcing the signing, Walker’s agency, Base Soccer, claimed on Twitter that their client commanded: “a record fee for a defender and record fee for an English player”.
Whether Walker ever proves to be the costliest defender of all time or not, it is certainly a significant outlay from City and takes their summer spending well beyond the £100million mark after the captures of playmaker Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson.