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Chelsea are reportedly ready to rival Manchester City in the race to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. 

According to Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, the England full-back is set to leave Spurs in the window, but Tottenham are said to have placed a £40 million valuation on him. 

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is reported to have been impressed by Walker this season and will rival City in pursuit of the 26-year-old.

“Walker is known to have fallen out with manager Mauricio Pochettino over a number of issues, which came to a head last month when Kieran Trippier was selected instead of him for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea,” added Lewis.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - DECEMBER 10:  Kyle Walker speaks as Mauricio Pochettino manager of Spurs looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur press conference, ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group C match, against Beskitas JK at Ataturk Olympic Stadium on December 10,

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According to the piece, City have also been keeping tabs on Spurs’ Danny Rose. However, he’s set to miss the start of next season due to injury, meaning manager Pep Guardiola may switch his focus elsewhere.

It’s suggested in the report that a transfer would allow Walker the chance to double his weekly wage of £70,000.

The former Sheffield United man has found himself out of the side in recent weeks, although when he did feature against West Ham United recently, Spurs lost 1-0 to effectively end their Premier League title charge. As noted by football journalist Raj Bains, he was far from his usual self:

Indeed, it was an unusually poor performance from a footballer who has soared under the guidance of Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

Walker was never completely convincing at Tottenham before his current boss came in, as he’d so often showcase poor decision-making and a lack of defensive awareness. But in the main, he’s been among the best right-backs in the Premier League for the last two seasons.

The England man is so difficult to contain due to his pace and power, while he’s also enhanced his frailties. Per, he’s been potent in the final third:

Given Walker has excelled as a right-back and further forward as a wing-back, it’s no surprise Conte would be keen on him.

Conte is said to be keen on Walker.

Conte is said to be keen on Walker.Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images

“Converted winger Victor Moses has been hugely impressive there for the London Blues this season, but Conte wants to increase his quality options ahead of the club’s return to the Champions League in September,” added Lewis.

Walker, potentially, would be an irrepressible force in the same position for Chelsea, as Moses has exploited overloads on the right flank frequently this season. However, it’d be a big shock if Tottenham were willing to sell to their local rivals and the only side to finish above them in the top flight this term.

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