Tottenham should start a bidding war for Kyle Walker
If you’re inclined to believe the British media, Kyle Walker is certainly going to be sold by Tottenham this summer. While I’m not entirely convinced, I do think it presents us with an interesting thought exercise. If Walker is to be sold, what sort of transfer fee should Spurs be looking for?
The latest reports claim that Daniel Levy and company will listen to offers in excess of £35 million. That strikes me as a low figure for a player of Walker’s age and experience. We are, after all, talking about the top right back in England.
When calculating his value there are several things that must be taken into account. First, Walker still has several years left on his current contract. He might not be thrilled with life at White Hart Lane, but Spurs have all the leverage here. The club could, in theory, choose to hang on to the right back despite his wishes to move elsewhere.
That certainly isn’t an ideal outcome, but it does push his transfer fee higher. His current deal also includes a very modest wage packet. A purchasing club will almost certainly change his compensation, but they won’t be required to blow a massive Spurs wage packet out of the water. Yet again, that will push the fee higher.
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Perhaps more importantly, there are quite a few rich clubs interested in acquiring Walker’s services. The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona have all be linked with some level of interest. None of those clubs are famed for being frugal in the transfer market.
As a result, Levy would be wise to institute an all out bidding war for his talented right back. There’s no reason for him to rush to agree to a below market deal with anyone. The club that wins the rights to purchase Walker should pay dearly for the privilege.
Add all of these factors up and you can clearly see that £35 million just isn’t enough to get this deal done. I fancy £50 million as a more appropriate starting point. If no club is willing to meet that valuation, than Walker may just have to stay with Tottenham for another season. Something tells me one of the Manchester clubs would find a way to meet that price. Don’t forget, Walker isn’t just a proven Premier League commodity. He’s an Englishman to boot. That could be the final push necessary to push the transfer fee even higher.
If Tottenham are going to sell Kyle Walker this summer they need to maximize their return. Mauricio Pochettino’s club have plenty of leverage to do just that.