Manchester United and Manchester City are preparing to lock horns in an attempt to complete the double signing of Tottenham full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose for a figure in the region of £60 million.
Both clubs are in need of reinforcements on the flanks after disappointing starts to the season, and the Spurs duo have leapt to the front of the queue following a series of superb displays for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
The Telegraph writes that Walker and Rose’s exceptional performances have piqued interest from a number of clubs, with both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola exploring the possibility of a double bid for two of the Premier League’s outstanding full-backs.
As doubts remain over the long-term United future of Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia currently filling in as an auxiliary right-back, there is scope for the Old Trafford outfit to bring in new additions in the problem position. The paper claims that a joint offer of around £60m is being readied by United officials as a direct result of Jose Mourinho’s request to pursue the defensive duo.
Guardiola, meanwhile, is believed to be particularly interested in acquiring left-back Rose as he seeks a more energetic alternative to current options Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov. And Rose, a long-standing target, has now been joined on the City boss’ shortlist by teammate Walker as the ex-Bayern Munich coach attempts to re-jig an ageing backline during the January window.
Given that the pair recently signed new deals worth a reported 70k per week to keep them at White Hart Lane long-term, and that Spurs are in the midst of a concerted push at the Premier League title, it seems unlikely that chairman Daniel Levy would allow Walker and Rose to leave at this stage in proceedings.
With this in mind, any potential deal may need to wait until the summer before it is sanctioned by the Tottenham board.
The dynamic duo have featured prominently for Tottenham so far this campaign, with the impressive third-placed Lilywhites now eyeing a title tilt in the second half of the season after the recent 2-0 home victory over league leaders Chelsea.
Spurs are seven points behind Antonio Conte’s side with 18 games to play.