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Kalvin Phillips ‘unlikely’ to move to major Manchester City rival amid fresh transfer hint

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Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips is ‘unlikely’ to sign for local rivals Manchester United during the upcoming January transfer window.

The 28-year-old is set to depart the Etihad Stadium in the new year in a bid to cement a spot in the England squad for next summer’s UEFA European Championship in Germany, after making just two starts for Manchester City so far this season.

Phillips, who signed from Leeds United for an initial £42 million in July 2022, scored his first Manchester City goal in midweek, netting during a 3-2 win over Crvena zvezda from the penalty spot in the UEFA Champions League.

The Englishman has made just six starts for the Blues since moving from Elland Road, but was part of Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning squad last season, as Manchester City won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

Premier League trio Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham are all linked with potentially signing Phillips next month, meanwhile Serie A side Juventus could also consider a loan move for the midfielder.

Local rivals Manchester United have also been credited with interest in the 28-year-old, with Erik ten Hag notably interested in the Manchester City midfielder.

A shock switch to Old Trafford is ‘highly unlikely’ however, with Football Insider claiming that it would be a ‘big surprise’ if Manchester United signed the Englishman during the January window.

Phillips was sensationally linked with Liverpool in the summer, with over 15 European clubs enquiring about the possibility of signing the defensive midfielder over the course of the transfer window.

The England international opted to remain at the Etihad Stadium but looks set to leave the club on loan ahead of a permanent exit in the summer of 2024.

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