Kyle Walker has today become: The most expensive defender of all time, the most expensive Englishman of all time, and the 9th most expensive player in football history.
Manchester City will no doubt feel there is some justification in the fee – full-backs or wing-backs play an increasingly important role in the modern game, and are a position in which they are in desperately short supply after losing Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy all in one go at the end of last season. They also face the inevitable extra charges for signing one of their main title rivals’ most important players.
Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t all have a bit of a laugh about it, because, let’s face it – it’s Kyle Walker. While there are varying reports over both the initial fee and what it might end up as in add-ons, he’s almost certain to have cost more than Zinedine Zidane at his peak. Okay, so that was 2001, but it’s still more than Neymar and Mesut Ozil just four years ago. This summer, it’s more than Alexandre Lacazette, who to all intents and purposes looks a potentially world class striker.
.@kylewalker2 already feels at home. His first City interview…
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 14, 2017
Arsenal fans have certainly taken special notice of City’s latest piece of business, with the club’s pursuit of star player Alexis Sanchez known to pretty much everyone. It remains to be seen if a deal can be done this summer or if he’ll move on a free next year, but splashing out silly money on Walker won’t have done Pep Guardiola any favours.
Most expensive defenders ever
Kyle Walker – £50m*
David Luiz – £50m
John Stones – £47.5m
Eliaquim Mangala – £42m
Shkodran Mustafi – £35m
*add-ons reportedly likely to take it to £53-55m
If the fee of £50million for the England right-back is correct, that’s the same as Sanchez has been valued at by City in most recent transfer reports. He may only have a year left on his contract, but in no sane world is Alexis Sanchez worth the same amount as Kyle Walker, and don’t Arsenal fans know it.
As you can see from the tweets below, Gooners are now expecting a mammoth fee from City if they are to let their star player leave this summer, with results varying anywhere from £100m to £500m…
If City bought Walker for around 50mil pounds, then surely Sanchez is at least 70mil and taking into consideration the Lukaku deal, 80mil!!!
— SthombeSkaShaka (@The_ElecticZulu) July 14, 2017
If City have really paid £50m for Walker, I demand at least £500m for Sanchez. I don't care how long he has left on his contract.
— SoulFusion (@_SoulFusion_) July 14, 2017
50 million for Kyle Walker and same club apparently offer same for one of the worlds best in Sanchez, unreal !!!
— AndyGodfrey1966 (@ArseNal196646) July 14, 2017
@talkSPORT If Kyle Walker is worth £50m, Sanchez must be worth £100m easy
Sam Wilberforce (@sam_wilberforce) July 14, 2017
James Watson (@jameswatson5) July 14, 2017
(@CraigoCorleone) July 14, 2017
Alexis Sanchez is 28 and was arguably the best EPL player last season, worth £50m. Kyle Walker is 27 and English, worth £50m.
— HarP (@hpxyne) July 14, 2017
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If City are willing to pay 50 million for Walker, then we should easily get 600 million for Sanchez
— ThatGuy-Norm (@Goonertren) July 13, 2017
If Kyle Walker is worth £45m, then Bellerin must be worth £60m and Sanchez £100m. @Arsenal
— Isaac Kisa ™ (@Kisaisaac) July 14, 2017