Manchester City have joined the race for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in their pursuit of a new midfielder.
What’s the Word?
That’s according to the Daily Express, that are reporting that Pep Guardiola is joining the race with Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United for the England midfielder, who was labelled as “outstanding” by former Scotland manager Alex McLeish, and is highly sought after this summer.
The report goes on to claim that Phillips would ‘be much more open’ to a move to the Etihad than Old Trafford, though Leeds insist that no pursuit from either team has been made so far.
With the prospect of relegation still very much on the cards for the Yorkshire side, it is looking increasingly likely that they will cash in on their homegrown star, and it is no surprise that the 26-year-old would prefer a move to the blue side of Manchester following the recent success that they have had, winning the Premier League title on three occasions since 2018.
An ideal Fernandinho Replacement
After the announcement last month that club captain Fernandinho was set to depart in the summer, it was to be expected that the Citizens would be in the market for a central midfielder, and Phillips could be a perfect replacement.
Even though this season has blighted by injury, he is still one of the first names on the team sheet for England, drawing acclaim following his displays at the European Championships last summer, starting every game and earning himself England Men’s Player of the Year for the 2020/21 season.
When analysing his game for an article in The Athletic, journalists Phil Hay and Tom Worville described the Whites’ number 23 as having an “impact is extremely reliable”, which is the perfect characteristic for City to have in a potential Fernandinho replacement.
This has led him to be dubbed as “the best modern midfielder” by former Three Lions’ boss Fabio Capello, and the £45m-rated powerhouse’s capability to play as part of a double pivot for his national team and as a lone holding midfielder for his club would make him perfect for Guardiola’s system, as a potential midfield partner for Rodri, or in a deeper role with Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva in front of him.
He would give the Spaniard great options as he looks for more mobile options in the middle of the pitch, and he would certainly help in their pursuit of their first Champions League trophy next season.
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