The summer transfer window is fast approaching, and there are already reports of a potential tug-of-war between Sheffield United and AC Milan for the signature of Manchester City defender Kyle Walker.
Walker, who has been an outstanding player for the Premier League champions over the years, is no longer a regular in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI, and there have been suggestions that he could be on the move in the coming months.
One possible destination for the 32-year-old is his boyhood club, Sheffield United. Walker started his career with the Blades before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur and then to Manchester City.
He has always remained a follower of his former club, and has openly stated his desire to return to Bramall Lane one day.
Sheffield United would love to sign Kyle Walker if they are promoted to the Prem. A return to Bramall Lane would appeal to Walker. Man City are not actively looking to sell the 32 year old and are happy for him to play out his contract until 2024.— The Bladesman (@The_Bladesman) April 19, 2023
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With Paul Heckingbottom’s side just one win away from promotion to the Premier League, a return to his hometown club would undoubtedly appeal to the England international.
However, Sheffield United may face some stiff competition for Walker’s signature, with AC Milan reportedly keen on the player.
According to reports in the Telegraph, the Italian giants are interested in signing Walker and could make an offer for him in the coming weeks.
The appeal of Milan is obvious, as they won Serie A last season and are currently in the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they will face their rivals, Inter.
They are likely to be playing in Europe’s top competition once again next season, which could be a decisive factor in Walker’s decision-making process.
If Walker were to leave Manchester City, it would be a significant loss for Guardiola’s side, who have relied on him heavily over the years. However, with his contract set to expire in 2024, City may be open to cashing in on him this summer, particularly given his reduced playing time in recent seasons.
The decision to sell him would ultimately come down to the transfer fee and whether Man City have a suitable replacement lined up.
Only time will tell where he ends up, but it’s clear that both Sheffield United and AC Milan will do everything in their power to convince him to join their respective clubs.