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Manchester City hit with negotiation blow as transfer involving midfielder described as ‘OFF’ due to demands

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The demands of Manchester City on defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips this month have led to one potential suitor removing themselves from the race for the player.

Etihad Stadium transfer bosses, alongside work from the side of the player’s representatives, are looking for a solution to bring Kalvin Phillips’ Manchester City game-time nightmare to an end this month.

The likes of Juventus, Newcastle United, and Paris Saint-Germain had all been credited with some level of interest ahead of the opening of the winter market, however with two weeks now passed, the player’s chances of leaving the Etihad Stadium are beginning to fade.

A new report has detailed just why that may be the case, with a large share of the issues sparking from a combination of Manchester City’s financial demands placed on a potential deal, and the player’s lack of agitation to leave the football club.

The latest deal to have left the table concerns Newcastle United, fresh off the back of Manchester City’s dramatic 2-3 victory over Eddie Howe’s side in Premier League action last weekend.

According to the information of The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, the deal on offer to Newcastle United from City to sign Kalvin Phillips on loan for the rest of the season is ‘off’ as it is ‘not a good one’ for St James’ Park bosses.

It is detailed that Newcastle chiefs believe a move for the England international does not make financial sense on the terms currently available, with a loan fee being too high and talk of an obligation to buy in the summer ‘not sitting well with them either’.

While Manchester City have not budged on their demands at present, it is reported that there is some hope that will change closer to deadline day.

But just how much do Manchester City want or Kalvin Phillips, despite the former Leeds United man on the fringes of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad and with no action in sight for the former England Player of the Year?

The Telegraph reports that a loan fee of £7 million is being quoted, while Newcastle do not want to commit £40 million of their summer budget if there is an obligation to buy the player upon the conclusion of an initial loan deal.

However, from the viewpoint of the Premier League champions, it is claimed that Manchester City are ‘confident’ they can find another club willing to pay the aforementioned fees this month.

Gareth Southgate is scheduled to name his England international squad in the coming months, with the Three Lions having qualified for the summer’s European Championships in Germany, and Kalvin Phillips desperate to be a part of the action.

Phillips made an incredible recovery from shoulder surgery in the autumn of 2022 to be selected for Southgate’s squad for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, however a lack of game time this season could reduce his chances of making the team even further.

Pep Guardiola has so far opted for a multitude of options ahead of Phillips during times when Rodrigo has been unavailable due to suspension, with the likes of John Stones, Manuel Akanji, Rico Lewis, and Mateo Kovacic all having starred in the deeper midfield role.

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