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Manchester City identify Kalvin Phillips alternative but face Liverpool and Juventus competition



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Manchester City could consider a January swoop for OGC Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram but face competition from Juventus and Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola is bracing for the potential exit of Kalvin Phillips in January, amid continued first-team struggles for the Englishman at the Etihad Stadium during the opening months of the new campaign.

The former Leeds midfielder moved to Manchester City for £42 million in 2022, but is prepared to leave the club in January in an attempt to secure a place at next summer’s European Championship in Germany.

Newcastle United and Tottenham have both been linked with signing the 27-year-old, with Eddie Howe seeking to replace Sandro Tonali, after the Italian midfielder was handed a 10-month ban for betting breaches.

Manchester City could be forced to enter the transfer market in January should Phillips depart the club, with the Sky Blues already contending with the long-term absence of Kevin De Bruyne, due to injury.

OGC Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram could reportedly be targeted by Manchester City, with the 22-year-old able to play in both central midfielder and as a defensive midfielder.

The Frenchman, who has made eight appearances for Nice so far this season, has helped the club to the top of the Ligue 1 table, ahead of AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

Sport Witness relay a report from Italian outlet Calciomercato, as Juventus weigh up a potential move for Thuram in the new year.

Manchester City are claimed to pose a potential threat to Juventus, as the treble-winners hold an interest in signing Thuram.

Premier League rivals Liverpool have also been linked with the 22-year-old, who would only be allowed to leave the French club in January should Nice receive a ‘truly irrefutable proposal’.

Manchester City missed out on signing both Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice during the recent summer transfer window, and saw an £80 million deal for West Ham star Lucas Paqueta dramatically collapse.

Matheus Nunes completed a Deadline Day move to the Etihad Stadium from Wolves, signing for £53 million.