MANCHESTER City are set to begin talks with Tottenham over the potential signing of Kyle Walker, according to Sky sources.
Sky Sports News HQ understands that City’s approach could come as early as this week, following England’s international against France on Tuesday.
Manager Pep Guardiola is thought to be confident of landing the England right-back and hopes to strike a deal for as little over £40m as possible.
But Tottenham, who gave Walker a new five-year contract last September, are under no pressure to sell the 27-year-old and are understood to value Walker at closer to £50m.
City are certainly unaware of any increase in Spurs’ valuation towards £60m ($ 100m), which was cited by several newspapers over the weekend.
Sky sources claim Walker is relaxed about his future, and is not agitating for a move away from a club at which he has spent the past eight years and harbours a deep affection for.
But he is understood to have been unhappy at not being selected for particular games towards the end of the season, as manager Mauricio Pochettino rotated him with Kieran Trippier.
Trippier, who is now rivalling Walker for the England right-back role, improved as the season has progressed and has proven himself a long-term first-choice in the position for Spurs.
City are therefore hoping to tempt Walker to the Etihad by offering to make him their primary right-back.
Guardiola has made signing new full-backs a priority if his this summer, and has registered interest in left-backs Benjamin Mendy of Monaco and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand.
The 21-year-old has impressed over the past two seasons, scoring 22 goals in 69 league appearances for his club Pachuca.
Lozano, known as ‘Chucky’, has been linked with Manchester United in the past but it appears City are now favourites to land him, although any deal is still some way short of being concluded.
Reports from Univision in Mexico suggest that any potential deal will see the striker go on loan to PSV Eindhoven, where he will stay for two seasons.
Lozano is currently away on international duty with Mexico and scored in the 3-0 victory over Honduras this week.
The young forward has partnered former United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in his national side’s attack.
Manchester City have already been busy in transfer business this summer, signing goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva for hefty sums as Pep Guardiola looks to bolster his side ready for a title push next season.
The Gunners have as yet been unable to persuade the 28-year-old Chile international – who scored 30 goals for the club in the 2016/17 season – to sign a new contract beyond his current deal which expires in a year.
Sanchez said he would leave his future in the hands of his agent as he prepares for this month’s Confederations Cup with his national side, as both City and Bayern Munich hope to learn of the forward’s plans once he returns from international duty.
Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year contract to remain as Arsenal manager following their FA Cup final win over Chelsea, and has consistently maintained both Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will not be sold.
Sanchez worked with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, and the City manager admitted in April a number of clubs would be closely monitoring the player’s contract situation at Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Jesus Navas and Nolito are attracting interest from clubs in the Premier League and around Europe, Sky Sports News HQ understands, though no developments on the pair’s future are expected this week.
Manchester City will let England goalkeeper Joe Hart go on loan to West Ham if a permanent deal away from the Etihad Stadium cannot be agreed.
Sky Sports News HQ understands West Ham are keeping tabs on Hart’s situation, but his present wage deal means they would only consider a loan move.
Hart spent the 2016/17 season away from City on loan, having signed for Serie A side Torino during last summer’s transfer window.
Both the player and his club expect more potential suitors to become apparent following the international break but, after England’s 2-2 draw in Glasgow, Hart admitted he was yet to receive any offers for the next campaign.
“I would love to give you a poker-straight answer, but I’ve got nothing at the moment because I think people are focused on international duty and respecting that players are focusing on international duty,” Hart said.
“Come Tuesday night, I don’t know how everyone else finishes, after that is when conversations can be had and people can start being real.
“I need an offer first and then I need to work out my options if I have choices. I want to be playing at the highest possible level, pushing myself.
“It’s a short career. I want to push everything out of me. Physically I feel in great condition and I want to go again.”