Barcelona are back in talks with Manchester City over a deal for Keira Walsh as they discuss a world-record fee for the England midfielder.
Time is running out for Barca to conclude a deal, with the Spanish deadline on Wednesday. Man City are also reluctant to sell, having rejected three previous offers.
City are already looking at replacements, though, with Walsh in the final year of her contract and keen on the move.
The previous world record is believed to be Pernille Harder’s £300k move to Chelsea from Wolfsburg in September 2020. However, US deals involve allocation fees and trade assets so final fees are undisclosed.
Walsh played a key role for England as they won Euro 2022 this summer and was named player of the match in the final as the Lionesses beat Germany at Wembley.
Since making her City debut in July 2014, the 25-year-old has made 189 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals. She has 49 caps for England.
City have already lost several key players ahead of the new WSL season, with Caroline Weir joining Real Madrid, Georgia Stanway signing for Bayern Munich and Lucy Bronze moving to Barcelona.
City get their 2022/23 campaign underway at home to Arsenal on Sunday at 7pm, live on Sky Sports.
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League will continue to be one of Sky Sports’ flagship offerings during the 2022/23 season, with 35 games shown exclusively live.
After viewing figures last term rose an incredible 171 per cent vs the 2020/21 campaign, the WSL returns this Saturday September 10 live on Sky Sports as Tottenham take on Manchester United at 12.30pm.
That game is followed by Manchester City hosting Arsenal on September 11 at 7pm. The regular Sunday evening kick-offs will follow Super Sunday with touchscreen analysis and expert opinions on the game.
The current Sky Sports WSL presenter line-up is led by Caroline Barker and includes expert pundit Karen Carney. Joining them this season will be another of England’s all-time greats, Kelly Smith MBE, known for her successful spell at Arsenal and as England Women’s all-time record goalscorer.
Airing every Thursday on Sky Sports Premier League and starting with a Beth Mead special, Jessica Creighton will return with her comprehensive round-up of all things WSL and women’s football with Inside The WSL.
The program will continue to go beyond the pitch with exclusive behind-the-scenes access, in-depth analysis, player and manager interviews and tackle the issues in and around the game.
As always, Sky Sports News will run 24 hours a day with rolling editorial coverage throughout the season, and a bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will continue to be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.
From world-class stars like Sam Kerr and Vivianne Miedema, to the endless rivalry of the ‘big three’ – Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City – there are plenty of reasons to be excited for the 2022/23 season on Sky Sports.
Here’s the first round of fixtures for the 2022/23 Women’s Super League season. All games 2pm kick-off on Sunday September 11 unless stated:
Tottenham vs Manchester United, Saturday September 10 – live on Sky Sports; kick off at 12.30pm
Chelsea vs West Ham – 12.30pm, Sunday September 11
Everton vs Leicester City – 1pm, Sunday September 11
Brighton vs Aston Villa
Reading vs Liverpool
Manchester City vs Arsenal, September 11 – live on Sky Sports; kick off at 7pm
Key dates for the 2022/23 season
- Barclays Women’s Championship opening weekend: August 20/21, 2022
- Barclays Women’s Super League opening weekend: SSeptember 10/11, 2022
- FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final: March 4/5, 2023
- Barclays Women’s Championship final weekend: April 29/30, 2023
- Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final: May 14, 2023
- Barclays Women’s Super League final weekend: May 27/28, 2023