EXCL: Kalvin Phillips in advanced talks to join Manchester City
Written by Josh Wilson.
Kalvin Phillips has verbally agreed personal terms with reigning English Champions Manchester City from Leeds United, The Centre Spot understands.
Prior to joining up with The English National Team, a verbal agreement was already in place with Manchester City so personal terms wouldn’t be an issue if Manchester City agree a fee with Leeds United for the highly rated midfielder. The Englishman has already expressed his desire to his home club to play under Pep Guardiola’s commands and to have the opportunity to experience Champions League football.
Leeds United would demand around £60 million for one of their prize assets, which could tempt the Cityzens to make a move before other clubs do, such as Manchester United who have held a long-standing interest. Sources close to Manchester City and Leeds United believe the deal will be done before the deadline, 1st September. Phillips would be City’s second signing of the window, after completing a deal for Borrusia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland, which could cost City up to £250M if all clauses in the contract that he has agreed are met. The Blues are also set to complete the signing of Marc Cucurella in the coming days, as well as moving Gabriel Jesus on as well as a possible departure for international teammate Raheem Sterling.
Despite an injury prone season, only appearing 20 times in the Premier League, his attributes haven’t gone unnoticed, impressing in a lot of his games. Phillips is seen as the long-term replacement for Fernandinho, however Spanish midfielder Rodri has filled the void brilliantly so far, and the arrival of Phillips could bolster his performances to new heights.