Manchester City are set to secure a deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker for a fee believed to be in the region of £40 million, according to the Daily Star.

Pep Guardiola identified the England international as the man to replace the departed Pablo Zabaleta some time ago and it appears that he is set to get the player he wants.

Etihad Stadium chiefs are confident that they will be able to finalise a deal for Walker after the upcoming international matches with the former Sheffield United ace believed to be keen on the move so that he can be closer to his family who are still based in Yorkshire.

Were the England man to sign for the Citizens he would be the first of a number of expected defensive arrivals in Manchester this summer as City look to build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League and Champions League once again.

Walker is currently away with Gareth Southgate’s squad looking to build on the 25 caps he has for his country but is expected to complete his transfer when he returns.

City will have to pay a great deal of money for the 27-year-old with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy known to be a tough negotiator but with funds seemingly no issue at the Etihad these days it appears Guardiola has got his wish.

Spurs have been linked with Bournemouth’s Adam Smith as a possible replacement.

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