Sheffield United are the most interested club when it comes to signing out of favour Manchester City right-back, Kyle Walker, this summer.
Walker has dropped down the pecking order at City lately. It’s come as Pep Guardiola has made a tactical switch to his team, and even admitted Walker doesn’t fit in with that particular system.
Of course, much has been made of Walker making a return to Bramall Lane. And according to 90Min, that could be on the cards if United are indeed promoted this season.
90Min reports that both Aston Villa and United are keen on taking Walker back from City if they can this summer. It’s claimed that City are happy for Walker to stay put, with 14 months on his contract left.
However, with a lack of first-team minutes and having admitted he’d like to return to Bramall Lane one day, the Blades are thought to be keen on exploring a deal.
United’s relationship with City is good right now. The loan spells of Tommy Doyle and James McAtee have worked out well and Paul Heckingbottom will be hopeful of positive conversations.
Walker, now 32, has made 75 appearances for England. During his time with City, he’s won four Premier League titles and every domestic cup, making just shy of 250 appearances for Guardiola’s side.
Sheffield United News View: Kyle Walker just what is needed
There was a time when your writer he questioned the notion of bringing Walker back. But given the current squad, Walker’s obvious class, and an apparent desire to play for United, it could make sense.
Walker has been there and seen it all in the PL. He’d be the sort of player to raise standards at Shirecliffe as well, something that can be overlooked in squads.
Of course, he’d need to take a hefty wage drop to join. But in terms of experience, quality, and knowhow, he’s just what Hecky will be looking for.
If United can win promotion, then somehow pull this deal off, it would be a remarkable start to life back in the top-flight.