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Manchester City and European giants ‘enter the hot phase’ over proposed Kalvin Phillips move

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Serie A giants Juventus appear to be closing in on the loan signing of Kalvin Phillips, according to a new report from Italy.

The England international has not taken to Manchester City well since making the move from his boyhood club, Leeds United, for a reported fee of £42.5 million in the summer of 2022. But his lowly time at the club may be coming to a temporary end soon.

Phillips was reportedly of interest to a number of Premier League clubs in the summer, but the midfielder was keen to stay at the Etihad Stadium and fight for his place in Pep Guardiola’s prolific side.

Yet through a few months of the 2023/24 campaign, Phillips has made only eight appearances for the Blues, despite the Premier League champions dealing with ongoing injury issues throughout the young season.

However, negotiations over a January loan move to Italian giants Juventus have reportedly ‘entered the hot phase’, according to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, and relayed by Sports Witness.

According to the report, the Serie A outfit are keen to bring Kalvin Phillips in for the remainder of the ongoing 2023/24 season before releasing him back to Manchester City in the summer ahead of the 2024/25 campaign.

A potential fee to buy Phillips on a permanent deal at the end of the loan could be discusses, but it does not appear to be the priority for Juventus as they hunt for a replacement for the suspended Nicolo Fagioli.

Kalvin Phillips has been relatively vocal about his desire to garner more playing time before the summer to ensure he keeps his spot in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the 2024 European Championships in Germany.

In a recent press conference, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola appeared to reveal that the Premier League champions would not stand in Kalvin Phillips’ way should he aim for a move in the coming months.

“If he decides to do it [leave], then do it,” Pep Guardiola said. “If the agreement is not done, then he stays. He’s behaving incredibly. One of the most generous players I’ve ever seen – honestly, as I don’t want to compliment when players don’t play matches.

“Others are maybe problems in locker room – it’s completely the opposite.”

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