Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Premier League forward Kevin Phillips has tipped Tottenham star Harry Winks to seal a move away from north London in a possible Man City switch – insisting he is ‘not surprised’ by the claim Pep Guardiola wants the £25.2 million-valued star.
Winks, who started 26 games for the Lilywhites last season under manager Jose Mourinho, could be attracting interest from City and Guardiola in particular as they attempt to re-gain the Premier League crown off title rivals Liverpool.
Should Spurs sell Winks to Man City?
Yes, take the money and run
No, he's a brilliant passing midfielder
Sky Blue legend David Silva parted ways with the club after a memorable decade-long spell, with a recent report from the Sun hinting club sporting director Txiki Begiristain and co could be eyeing potential midfield options to fill the void.
Tottenham ace Winks, who averaged an impressive 90.3% pass accuracy over 2019/2020 (WhoScored), certainly fits the mould of a ‘Guardiola-type’ player – and pundit Phillips isn’t the least bit shocked a move could happen.
Going on to state the Englishman would ‘fit’ at City, the ex-international also suggests it would be ‘strange’ for chairman Daniel Levy to sell to a rival.
“It’d be strange, but business is business,” explained Phillips to Football Insider.
“I’ve said all along that I like Harry Winks. I think technically he’s a good player, and he can get better. I actually think he would fit in quite well at Man City.
“I’m not surprised that he’s being linked with other clubs, Man City maybe a little bit, but he’s a ball player. All of City’s players are ball players. It will be interesting to see how this one unfolds.”
Winks has been a player steadily on the rise in recent seasons, with now-Fulham boss Scott Parker realising his potential all the way back in 2017.
Parker explained to the club’s official website that the 24-year-old could ‘go to the top’ and waxed lyrical over his ‘fantastic’ showings.
Whether or not Spurs do end up selling Winks to City remains to be seen, but there is no denying that he could still have a role to play under Mourinho given his technical ability in the middle of the park.
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