As reported by Sport Bild, Manchester City will go toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich to retain Kyle Walker.
The reigning European champions will not give up on Walker and are planning on offering the defender a longer-term contract. It has been reported that both clubs had handed the 33-year-old a two-year deal, but with Walker preferring to sign with Bayern, Pep Guardiola’s side may need to extend their offer to persuade the Englishman.
Regardless, Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel remains confident that his side will sign the England international this summer. With personal terms agreed and the green light given by the player, the Rekordmeister would find it difficult to imagine that Walker has a change of heart.
However, with the German champions placing all their attention into striking a deal with Tottenham for Harry Kane, they have been unable to negotiate a deal for Walker. The 33-year-old was crucial to the success of Manchester City last season as the English side collected the treble.
Nevertheless, a deal for Walker would not have any implications on the future of Benjamin Pavard. Manchester City had shown interest, but no side have placed a formal offer for the Frenchman, who still desires to depart Bavaria despite the continued confidence that Tuchel has placed in him.
GGFN | Will Shopland