Exclusive: Kyle Walker attracting transfer interest from Saudi Arabia

Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker has been identified as the latest target for Al Ahli. 

The Saudi club are preparing to offer the player a two-year deal and an annual salary of €7m.

The potential move could see Walker follow in the footsteps of City teammate Riyad Mahrez who has already moved to Al Ahli this summer.

The newly promoted club have been one of the most active Saudi sides with the likes of Edouard Mendy, Roberto Firmino, Allan Saint-Maximin and Gabri Veiga also arriving.

They are expected to soon commence negotiations with City, with the first bid set to be in the region of €8m.

A late twist to the Kyle Walker transfer saga?

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Kyle Walker had been strongly linked with a move to Bayern Munich this summer. That’s a transfer that ultimately failed to materialise, but Walker’s contract situation has not been resolved with the England international out of contract at the end of this season.

The 33-year-old has started all three Premier League games so far this term and remains an important player for Pep Guardiola who has limited full back options as it is.

However should City revert back to last season’s successful 3-2-4-1 system, it is possible that the defending European champions could get by without Walker who only featured off the bench in Istanbul in June as the club won the Champions League for the first time.

Unless a new deal is agreed, Manchester City may be willing to at least entertain the idea of selling Walker to Al Ahli given they stand to lose the player on a free transfer next summer. Despite his age and contract situation, Walker could still potentially command a sizable transfer fee.

Significantly, the Saudi window does not close at the same time as the Premier League, meaning Al Ahli will still have time to attempt to pull this transfer off even after Friday’s deadline in England.