Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola may have been gifted a significant boost in the race to sign Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips this summer, according to reports.
The Lowdown: City eye Phillips move…
The Premier League champions have been heavily linked with a bid to sign Leeds’ midfield maestro as club legend Fernandinho puts an end to his glittering nine-year stay at Eastlands.
Guardiola is reportedly after an heir to the City fan favourite who has played a pivotal role in the Sky Blues’ dominance of English football over the last decade.
In what could be a real summer of change, many first team players have been tipped to potentially follow Fernandinho out of the door with Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus all entering the final year of their contracts (The Times).
Sharing news on who could come in, journalist Rudy Galetti of Tribal Football has shared a very promising update on the chase for Phillips.
The Latest: City enter pole position…
According to the reporter, City are ‘now leading the race’ to sign Jesse Marsch’s star man and have ‘started talks’.
As well as this, Galetti claims Phillips wants to play for Guardiola, even stating the 26-year-old could ‘push with Leeds’ to let him leave ‘unhindered’.
The Verdict: Promising development…
Phillips could leave Elland Road for around €70 million (£61m) according to this report, potentially making him one of the more astute central midfield options for Guardiola.
The England international averaged more tackles per 90 than any City star over the 2021/2022 season and may well come as a solid choice to protect an already resolute back four – with Leeds ambassador Noel Whelan even calling him ‘phenomenal‘.
As City’s transfer window gets well and truly underway with the recent announcement of Erling Haaland, supporters should expect far more twists and turns to come.
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