Tottenham aren’t likely to move Kyle Walker
Make no mistake about it, Tottenham don’t want to sell any members of their starting XI this summer. If any side wants to pry the likes of Eric Dier or Kyle Walker away from Spurs, it’s going to be a very expensive proposition.
Despite that obvious reality, the British tabloids continue to back Kyle Walker to move to Manchester City. The latest reports allege that £50 million might be enough to tempt Mauricio Pochettino into parting with his right back. Those reports are off the mark. Eric Dier is the much more likely Spurs star to move on during the upcoming transfer window.
It’s a simple question of supply and demand within the squad. If Walker gets sold to Manchester City, Spurs are going to be forced to make a purchase to cover his absence. Kyle Walker-Peters isn’t quite ready to serve as the club’s full-time deputy to Kieran Trippier. It’s also distinctly possible that Pochettino doesn’t trust Trippier to be a starter. No matter what, the club wouldn’t be profiting £50 million.
The rumours connecting Dier with a move to Manchester United are much more plausible. Currently, Pochettino has the enviable problem of keeping all of his midfield options happy. Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama currently are his first choice pairing in the double-pivot. That’s relegated Dier to play as a centre back for most of the season.
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In fairness, that’s still allowed him to be a starter most weeks. Pochettino’s transition to a back three has made room for Dier next to Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Take note of how many centre backs Spurs have been linked with already though. Michael Keane, Harry Maguire and Jeisen Murillo have all been prominently mentioned with Tottenham. It’s clear Pochettino plans to add a new defensive option.
Add all of that up and it’s clear that Dier isn’t necessarily a lock to return to the club next year. Again, I think Spurs preference would be to retain all of their young core. That would include Dier. However, economics may dictate a sale. If United are really willing to offer £40 million for Dier to open negotiations, they might be willing to go to £50 million. If they hit that number, Spurs may find the offer too tempting to reject.
Odds favour Kyle Walker and Eric Dier both returning to Tottenham next season. If one player is sold, bet on Dier being the player on the move.