Manchester City midfielder Keira Walsh

Keira Walsh: Barcelona accept world record fee for Manchester City and England midfielder

Barcelona have agreed a world record with Manchester City for midfielder Keira Walsh.

Walsh is now free to discuss the terms and arrange a medical with the club.

There is slight conjecture over the potential fee, with some sources suggesting it is around £350,000 and others stating the deal will be more long-term.

Sunday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.

Kick off 7:00 p.m.


The previous world record is believed to be Pernille Harder’s £300,000 transfer to Chelsea from Wolfsburg in September 2020. However, US deals involve allocation fees and trading assets, so the final fee is not not disclosed.

Man City have reluctantly agreed to sell Walsh after rejecting several offers from Barca over the summer. Walsh is in the final year of his contract and wants to move.

Beth Mead celebrates with Keira Walsh
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Beth Mead celebrates with Keira Walsh at the Euros

The deal is due by the time Spain’s deadline for foreign deals expires at 11pm BST on Wednesday.

Man City are considering replacing Walsh before Thursday’s WSL transfer deadline.

Walsh played a key role for England in winning Euro 2022 in the summer and was named player of the match in the final as the Lionesses beat Germany at Wembley.

Since making his 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.

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Kiera Walsh’s 2021/22 stats for Manchester City

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 kick off their 2022/23 campaign at home to Arsenal on Sunday at 7pm, live on sky sports.

How to follow the WSL on Sky Sports…

Get Sky Sports

Sky Sports – All 35 matches will be available on Sky Sports’ flagship channels including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

Sky Sports News – Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Barclays FA WSL fans can enjoy Sky Sports News (channel 409) continuous editorial coverage of the league and its storylines throughout the season.

Inside the WSL – Hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Jessica Creighton, Inside the WSL is a comprehensive round-up of all things Barclays FA Women’s Super League and women’s football. Airing weekly on Sky Sports Premier League, the half-hour show will review and preview matches, including in-depth analysis and exclusive player interviews. Viewers can expect engrossing behind-the-scenes access as well as a recap of all the action on and off the pitch.

Sky Sports Social – As well as league coverage and visibility across all major Sky Sports social media channels, the bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will continue to be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.

New for the 2022/23 season, the Sky Sports WSL TikTok account will give fans 360° coverage of the league and grant them exclusive access to their favorite new players. Also a first for the league, a new Snapchat Discover The Dub show aims to become the platform’s new hub for Barclays’ WSL content.

Showcase of the sky – All Sky customers will benefit from the ability to watch the weekend openers on Sky Showcase (channel 106) without a Sky Sports subscription. This channel is designed to curate some of the best shows, movies and sports from all of Sky’s channels.

Sky Sports Digital – Follow all the latest WSL news on SkySports.com and the app, including exclusive features and interviews, plus dedicated live blog coverage and live game highlights on Sky Sports. You can watch match highlights from every WSL game this season for free on Sky Sports’ digital platforms and YouTube channel.

The opening matches of the weekend

Here is the first round of fixtures for the 2022/23 Women’s Super League season. All matches kick off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, unless otherwise stated:

Tottenham vs Manchester United, Saturday September 10 – live on Sky Sports; kick off at 12:30 p.m.

Chelsea vs West Ham – 12:30 p.m., Sunday September 11

Everton vs Leicester City – 1pm, Sunday September 11

Brighton v Aston Villa

Reading v Liverpool

Manchester City vs Arsenal, September 11 – live on Sky Sports; kick off at 7 p.m.

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
  • Last weekend of the Barclays Women’s Championship: April 29/30, 2023
  • Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final: May 14, 2023
  • Last weekend of the Barclays Women’s Super League: May 27/28, 2023



Keira Walsh: Barcelona accept world record fee for Manchester City and England midfielder

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