Premier League champions Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United in a £45m deal. The England international has snubbed interest from Manchester United to sign for city rivals Manchester City.
Leeds United have agreed to the bid for Manchester United target Phillips from Manchester City after he signalledhis intention not to sign a contract extension. The England international informed boyhood club Leeds United he won’t be extending his current deal which will expire in two years’ time. The transfer involving Phillips and Manchester City could go through as early as the start of next week as revealed by media outlet iNews.
RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams has been targeted as the potential replacement for Manchester City-bound Phillips. He has been seriously linked with the Lilywhites having played for Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch in the past.
Leeds United are set to lose some of their key players from the squad last season including Phillips who’s a regular in the Three Lions of England midfield when he’s fit. Apart from Englishman Phillips, Leeds United could lose the services of Brazil international Raphinha who’s a strong transfer target for the London trio of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur during this summer’s transfer window. Arsenal are seen as the frontrunners for Raphinha.
English midfielder Phillips is the replacement for Brazilian star Fernandinho in the Manchester City midfield ahead of the new season. Fernandinho won’t be around for the new season after returning to Brazil at the end of his City contract.