Manchester City defender Kyle Walker is eager to join Bayern Munich permanently, with advanced talks taking place between him and the German champions, according to reports from Sky Sports Deutschland’s Florian Plettenberg. The 33-year-old has been at Manchester City for six years but is now seeking a move away from the Etihad Stadium following a difficult season in which he has struggled for consistent minutes under manager Pep Guardiola.
Walker was an unused substitute in the Champions League final triumph against Internazionale, with Manuel Akanji starting ahead of him in the match. This decision has left Walker considering his future and looking for a move elsewhere. It appears now that Bayern Munich could be his next destination as negotiations have already begun between both parties over a potential transfer.
The experienced defender has won two Premier League titles, two Carabao Cup trophies, one FA Cup title, and one Community Shield during his time at Manchester City and he will be remembered as an integral part of the team’s success over recent years. He also played a key role in helping England reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, providing an excellent defensive performance throughout the tournament.
Although he has lost some of his speed due to age, Walker still remains an astute player who can use his experience to great effect on the pitch. His attacking prowess is also well known and it could potentially benefit Bayern Munich should he sign for them in the upcoming summer transfer window. He would be joining a club that has dominated German football over recent years and won eleven successive Bundesliga titles since 2012/13 season.
Should Walker join them this summer, he could very well become an even more important player for them next season when they don their new Bayern Munich jerseys 2023/24 and take on Europe’s elite teams once again in the UEFA Champions League competition. This could give him yet another chance to showoff his talent on Europe’s biggest stages and prove himself as one of England’s most reliable defenders abroad.
It remains unclear if any deal between Manchester City and Bayern Munich will come to fruition but if it does then Walker looks set to secure some much needed game time going into his 34th year as a professional footballer; something which may revive both his career and help build upon his already impressive trophy cabinet achievements thus far.