Contrary to expectations, Kyle Walker has reportedly agreed to join Bayern Munich, leaving Manchester City.
Bayern Munich has been chasing the England international for some time, but last month, Walker seemed to dismiss the rumors by expressing his desire to stay at Manchester City and entering into new contract talks with the club.
However, he has now changed his mind, as per Sky Sport Germany‘s report, stating that the 33-year-old has “reached a verbal agreement with the club” and is prepared to sign for Bayern.
Since his arrival from Spurs in 2017, Kyle Walker has played a significant role in Pep Guardiola’s highly successful Manchester City team, contributing to the team’s triumph in five league titles and most recently their long-awaited Champions League victory.
Nevertheless, it appears that he is now seeking a new challenge, and the speculated £15m ($19m) transfer to Bayern Munich could offer him the ideal chance to secure a guaranteed spot in the starting lineup (as his 27 league appearances last season may not have fully satisfied the seasoned right-back).
The potential transfer of Walker to Bayern Munich could create an opportunity for France right-back Benjamin Pavard to leave the club.
Multiple reports suggest that he is attracting interest from several clubs, including Manchester United. Bayern has set a price tag of £27m ($33m) for the 27-year-old French international.
The final decision regarding Walker’s destination will depend on Bayern Munich’s ability to reach an agreement with Manchester City regarding the transfer fee. However, it is evident that the England international’s desire to leave, a fact that will not go unnoticed by Pep Guardiola, is quite apparent.