Transfer Bin: Barcelona linked to Tottenham star

Kyle Walker

La Liga giants Barcelona are reportedly keen on replacing Dani Alves with Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker.

The Catalan club have had a busy summer, replacing ageing stars with younger prospects such as Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. However, any swoop for Spurs and England defender Kyle Walker deserves a place in our Transfer Bin.

The Daily Mail is reporting that, whilst Spurs are unwilling to lose the 24-year old, Barcelona have earmarked the full-back as a potential replacement for the seemingly set-to-depart Dani Alves. The Brazilian international has attracted interest from Liverpool this summer, although with the arrival of Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo, it appears as if Anfield is no longer a potential destination.

Even if Alves doesn't leave Camp Nou this season, the former Sevilla man is still 31-years old, and recently appointed head coach Luis Enrique is set to phase him out in an effort to create a new era of dominance in Spain.

From a technical sense, Walker ticks all the boxes to become a success at Camp Nou. He is quick, good with the ball, and he is much better at attacking than defending. With Blaugrana's high defensive line - the full-backs are almost classically trained wingers - Walker's speed would be a key trait, as he can attack without fearing the potential counter attack. Whilst often disregarded for his reliance upon pace, he frequently wins the ball despite having started that phase of play in the attacking third.

Whilst that paints a picture of Walker as a perfect replacement for Alves, he would still be a low level target for the Spanish outfit.

The Englishman is in the unusual position of being at the perfect level for the continuation of his career, and there is no reason for him to destroy that. In terms of ability, he fits into the upper-mid tier of players; he is not good enough for a top Champions League club - such as Barcelona - although he is too good for Spurs to find a suitable replacement. For Walker, remaining in North London not only guarantees first-team football at club level, but also at international level, with the 24-year old a certainty to cement himself as England's first-choice right-back next season.

For Walker, his career would progress at a much better rate by remaining at Spurs, and, although he may want to see himself as a Barcelona player in the future, it seems safe to place this rumour in the confines of the transfer bin.

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