Manchester City could be subject to official transfer interest from Newcastle United during the upcoming January transfer window, according to a new report.
The Premier League champions are often unlikely to do business during the winter market outside of exceptional circumstances, including a player indicating a clear desire to leave the club.
During the January window of 2023, City sanctioned the temporary departure of Joao Cancelo to Bayern Munich, after the Portugal international made it clear to officials that he wanted to leave Pep Guardiola’s squad in search of more consistent game time.
A similar scenario could be seen in the coming months, this time involving Kalvin Phillips, who is currently on the fringes of the City first-team squad having largely failed to adapt to the way of playing at the Etihad Stadium.
With the European Championships looming, and Kalvin Phillips requiring more game time in order to solidify his place in Gareth Southgate’s plans, a temporary or permanent move is likely to be on the table with a new report linking the player with a move.
According to the information of Scott Wilson reporting for The Northern Echo, Newcastle United are ready to make a ‘quick’ January move for Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips, if the midfielder decides it is time to leave the Etihad Stadium.
It is further detailed that in the event of Phillips opting to leave City, then Newcastle’s recruitment team will be ‘ready to strike’ in the hope of setting up either a permanent transfer, or an initial loan deal with a view to a possible permanent move in the summer of 2024.
Newcastle are understood to have been among a number of clubs to have made enquiries over the future of Phillips during the most recent summer transfer window, however the player himself made it clear he wanted to stay at Manchester City and fight for his place.
The final nail in the coffin may now have come for Kalvin Phillips, with Rodri’s recent three-game domestic football suspension providing the Englishman with little to no progress in staking a claim in the starting line-up.
After starting in a 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Newcastle United, Phillips was then snubbed for the remaining two games of Rodri’s ban, missing out on Premier League trips against Wolves and Arsenal as Pep Guardiola opted for the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Bernardo Silva out of position.
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