GiveMeSport columnist and transfer reporter Dean Jones has shared what could be another significant update as Manchester City continue their chase for Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips.
The Lowdown: Guardiola plotting summer moves…
After the Blues clinched a fourth Premier League title in five seasons, extending their English dominance in the most dramatic final-day win possible, manager Pep Guardiola isn’t resting on his laurels.
The departure of club legend Fernandinho has left a hole that needs to be filled in defensive midfield as Guardiola and sporting director Txiki Begiristain set their sights on the Brazilian’s heir.
Whites midfielder Phillips is believed to be a top target with reports suggesting an official bid is inevitable.
The Latest: Jones shares significant update…
Writing for GMS, Jones has now claimed that the Elland Road side are already preparing to lose their star man this summer.
This comes as City are ‘expected to make an offer’ for Phillips, and if it’s close to Leeds’ £50million demand, a ‘deal is expected to progress’ with an agreement possible.
The Verdict: Get it done?
£50m is fairly reasonable for an established England international who has been revered for his unique style, famously drawing comparisons to Italy footballing icon Andrea Pirlo.
Former Leeds midfielder Andrew Hughes, speaking to The Athletic last year, branded Phillips a ‘very special’ player and the homegrown ace’s numbers from 2021/22 back how he could fit in at Eastlands.
The tenacious player, as per WhoScored, averaged more tackles per 90 in the top flight that any of Guardiola’s current crop, highlighting how he could potentially add something different in a rotation with Rodri.
If a City agreement can indeed progress, the signing of Phillips wouldn’t be a bad way to follow the arrivals of both Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
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