Manchester City and Leeds United have reached a deal for England international Kalvin Phillips that is worth around £45 million. This is part of a big summer clean-up at the Etihad Stadium.
Leeds took an offer for Phillips after the Academy graduate said he didn’t want to sign a new contract with two years left on it. The club has a ready-to-go replacement for Phillips because they have known for months that he would likely leave. They have also agreed to pay £5 million for City’s promising 18-year-old midfielder Darko Gyabi. I’ve heard that the move could be made official as soon as next week.
Kalvin Phillips has already reached an agreement with Manchester City on personal terms – as he turned down other clubs to work under Pep. Here we go. 🚨🔵🤝 #MCFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 24, 2022
Man City will pay £42m, overall deal close to £50m with add-ons.
Leeds have accepted, as @David_Ornstein reported. pic.twitter.com/46a4NNq8P7
Tyler Adams, a midfielder for RB Leipzig who has played under head coach Jesse Marsch, is one of the players they are looking at as they plan to invest the money from the sale of Phillips. They could still lose Raphinha, a key forward who Arsenal still wants.
After Erling Haaland joined for £51 million earlier in the summer, this is another big signing for City. Fernandinho left the team in the summer, so Phillips has been chosen to take his place.
Even though Pep Guardiola’s team is still looking for more players, it could be the end of a great summer for the Premier League champions, who could raise close to £100 million by selling players to pay for the ones they bought.
Gabriel Jesus is almost ready to sign with Arsenal, and Raheem Sterling’s future is becoming less clear.
But a move for Phillips makes sense for everyone. Leeds knows that he wants to play in the Champions League and is always willing to make a deal for the right price. His injury-filled 2021–2022 season brought them back to reality, and Marsch’s rebuilding will move up a gear.
Manchester United wanted Phillips, but I know he wanted to keep his relationship with Leeds fans, so a move to Old Trafford was never a real possibility.
Instead, he will join England teammates Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, and Phil Foden at the Etihad. This move will almost certainly guarantee him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.