The Lowdown: Phillips transfer rumours
According to a report by The Athletic, it is expected that the 26-year-old will contemplate forcing through a move to the Premier League champions if a bid is tabled this summer. It is believed that an offer of around £50m would be enough for the Whites to allow the midfielder to make the switch to the Etihad Stadium.
The Latest: Talbot’s claim on Phillips
Talbot, who works as a freelance journalist for The Times, The Mirror and The Guardian, believes that City are now set to head to the negotiating table and submit a bid for the Leeds star.
When asked on Sunday evening whether Phillips has a long-term future at Elland Road, the reporter told GiveMeSport: “There’s been no talk of contracts yet because the only clubs that he would have gone to is a team like Manchester City or Liverpool.
“He’s absolutely perfect for Manchester City. It sounds like they’re going to be launching a bid soon.
“I imagine it will be accepted by Leeds and he will go on and play Champions League football. He is absolutely perfect for them.”
The Verdict: He’d be a great signing
With Fernandinho leaving the club this summer after nine years at the Etihad, Phillips would likely be a fantastic replacement for the City captain, given the Englishman’s defensive attributes.
When compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, the 26-year-old ranks in the 98th percentile for pressures, the 97th percentile for tackles and the 96th percentile for blocks (via FBRef), all indicating his no-nonsense nature in the midfield engine room.
Would Phillips be a good signing for City?
With Guardiola looking to add depth to compete with Rodri in the holding midfield position, Phillips’ prospective arrival at the Etihad would be a great addition to the champions’ squad.
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