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Manchester City identify long-term Kyle Walker replacement



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Officials from Manchester City may look towards a name closer to home when the time ultimately comes to replace veteran full-back Kyle Walker, according to a report.

The 33-year-old Premier League icon was heavily linked with an exit from the Etihad Stadium over the recent summer transfer window, with Bayern Munich offering the Englishman the opportunity to see out the final years of his top-level career in Germany.

Ultimately however, the persuasion of Manchester City and their flattering contractual offer proved telling, as Kyle Walker opted to remain with the Premier League champions and Pep Guardiola made his admiration for the player evident through an intimate evening dinner.

There will eventually come a time when Manchester City transfer bosses will need to replace Kyle Walker, as the former Tottenham and Sheffield United veteran moves deeper into the twilight years of his career.

Now, a recent report has detailed who Txiki Begiristain and his Manchester City colleagues may look towards, with one of England’s finest defensive talents placed on the radar of those within the City Football Academy.

That is according to the information of the Independent’s Miguel Delaney, who reports that Chelsea and England international defender Reece James has long been earmarked by Manchester City as the replacement for Kyle Walker.

The report states that the reigning European champions are able to offer such a player ‘more immediate prospects of competing’, and the option of signing the Cobham graduate was even raised in ‘many of the last few summers’ as Walker weighed up his future.

Reece James and Kyle Walker went head-to-head in the weekend’s most recent Premier League clash, as Chelsea and Manchester City played out an enthralling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge to keep Pep Guardiola’s side top of the English top-flight table.

City return to Premier League action after the international break with a home clash against Liverpool, as they look to further stamp their mark on the ongoing season and work towards an unprecedented fourth successive top-flight crown.

The clash against Jurgen Klopp’s men at the Etihad Stadium is part of a chaotic winter schedule that also sees Manchester City take on Tottenham and Aston Villa in the Premier League, as well as RB Leipzig and Crvena zvezda in the Champions League.