We all expect and hope that Pep Guardiola is planning a massive overhaul of the Manchester City squad in the summer transfer window. As good as this current group of players have been and as much as they've given to the club, they have to go at some point, and this summer presents the perfect opportunity.
A total of seven players run out contract. All of them are over 30 and haven't done enough this season to really earn a new deal to stay at the Etihad for a little while longer. Maybe Yaya Touré and Pablo Zabaleta just make the cut and end up being offered an extra year or two because of their legendary status, but even that is likely not to happen.
The full-back position, in both flanks, is the one that needs the most renovation. The aforementioned Zabaleta, along with Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov are just not good enough anymore to play at the highest level of expectation, and all four just don't seem to fit what Guardiola expects from a full-back.
There are thousands of full-backs linked, obviously, because that's just how the transfer rumor business works. We can never truly believe any of those, but when a respected writer like Sam Wallace says that City "might test Tottenham Hotspur's resolve to keep Kyle Walker" in the summer, you kind of get excited.
Wallace put that little information when he was reporting West Ham United's interest in Sagna, who could be joining the Hammers on a free transfer next season. That's the main topic of the article, but that small sentence about Kyle Walker may give City fans a reason to start tweeting "ANNOUNCE WALKER" to the @ManCity account.
Again, this is Sam Wallace saying it, so you allow yourself to trust it a little bit more than a report from, let's just say of the top of my head... The Sun. Plus, and this is the most important part of all of this, Kyle Walker would be just a perfect signing for City.
He's at the perfect age (26) where he's still young but has enough experience to play at a Premier League and Champions League contender, he is without a shadow of doubt the best right-back in the Premier League, and he plays for Spurs, a team with a style of play very similar to what Pep wants to implement at City once he has a squad that fits his ideas.
Walker would cost a lot, but we know that's not a problem and City plan to sell quite a few players in the summer to cover a big transfer or two. We obviously need to know if Walker wants to leave a great situation at Tottenham, but if he sees potential to have an even better career with City, he'll be tempted to join. Plus the wages will be pretty sweet.
So yeah, we may be allowed to get excited about Kyle Walker potentially joining City. It's hard, but it's doable. And it'd be amazing if it happened.