Manchester City look set for a transfer scramble from a number of potential suitors during the January transfer window with Kalvin Phillips a man in-demand.
The England international continues to be on the fringes of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad, with a number of other options having been favoured by the City boss during occassions when mainstay Rodri is deemed unavailable or in need of rest.
Speaking during a recent press conference, Pep Guardiola was asked to comment on Kalvin Phillips’ selection for England during the November international break, to which he responded, “It’s normal this situation from Gareth (Southgate).”
Pep Guardiola continued, “He has a lot of confidence with Kalvin and we’re pleased with that. It’s normal he wants for the international team. Many national team managers rely on one player.”
Gareth Southgate himself has entrusted Manchester City’s top figures to make the correct decision on Kalvin Phillips future amid ongoing frustrations over on-field opportunities, “Between him, Pep (Guardiola) and Txiki (Begiristain) I’m sure they’ll discuss the best route forward.”
Now, according to the information of ESPN’s Rob Dawson, Premier League giants Newcastle United are now lining up a January transfer window move for Manchester City and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
It is further stated that both Serie A’s Juventus and the Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich are among the other clubs interested in signing the Leeds-born defensive midfielder, who is likely to be in search of consistent game time during the second-half of the campaign.
Phillips was part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad that booked their place at next summer’s European Championships, and while he continues to be named in the Three Lions’ squad during international breaks, a major upturn in club level opportunities will be needed.
A temporary move away is likely to be the best option for Kalvin Phillips, however there is an expectation that Manchester City would not be totally opposed to the idea of a sale, with a club having the opportunity to secure Phillips permanently at the end of any loan deal.
For now, Kalvin Phillips is unlikely to receive any significant Manchester City match action until matchday six of the UEFA Champions League group stage, or during the FA Cup third round in January.
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