“Arsenal wants to recruit South Hampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters (26),” said British media The Bootroom on the 11th (Korea Standard Time). Manchester United are also keeping an eye on his situation.
Walker-Peters was once the future of Tottenham Hotspur. Expectations were high for the right fullback. It was expected to fill the vacancy of Kyle Walker, 32, who left for Manchester City.
The debut of the adult stage was not easy. Walker-Peters made his first appearance in the 2018 UEFA Champions League match against Barcelona. At that time, he made a mistake seven minutes into the game and gave up a run to his opponent.
When I was sluggish in the first game, chances rarely came. Walker-Peters has made only nine starts in the English Premier League (PL) in two and a half years. He also lost in competition with Kieran Trippier (31) and Serge Aurier (29). Walker-Peters left Tottenham in the winter 2020 transfer window.
When he left the team, his skills were in full bloom. Southampton coach Ralph Hasen Whittle (54) used Walker-Peters as a key defender. After growing up, he even made it to the England national team. He was also a key player for Southampton last season. He scored two goals and four assists in 37 games.
Now he stands out as a big club player. According to “The Bootroom,” Tottenham’s North London rival Arsenal and traditional powerhouse Manchester United are aiming for him. The possibility of using Walker-Peters, which can play up to the left fullback, was greatly increased. British media ‘Sky Sports’ commentator Paul Merson once described him as “a completely outstanding player.”
It is also possible to return to Tottenham. The Athletic, a sports media outlet, said, “Tottenham can bring Walker-Peters back. When he moved to Southampton, he added a bye-back clause. The transfer fee is 30 million pounds (about 46.7 billion won).
Attention is focusing on whether to invoke the buyback clause in the summer transfer market. “Tottenham is aiming for Middlesbrough defender Jed Spence (21), but negotiations may drag on for a long time.” Antonio Conte, 52, said, “We may have to consider a new option.