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Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips transfer preference revealed amid swathing Premier League interest



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Manchester City’s preference for the January transfer of Kalvin Phillips has been revealed.

The 28-year-old midfielder continues to be linked with a potential exit from the Etihad Stadium this month, as the Englishman bids to reignite his career ahead of this summer’s European Championship in Germany.

Phillips has made just two starts for Manchester City so far this season and missed the Blues’ recent Emirates FA Cup third round win over Huddersfield Town due to illness.

The midfielder has made just six starts across all competitions since signing for Manchester City from Leeds United for £42 million in July 2022, with Phillips part of Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning squad last season.

The out-of-favour England international is expected to leave City during the January transfer window, with rumoured interest from the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga.

Newcastle United, Tottenham, West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace have all been mooted as potential suitors for Phillips, meanwhile Juventus, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have also been linked.

Manchester City’s demands for the player’s wages and a loan fee to be paid are widely claimed to be complicating transfer talks, with Phillips having rejected the chance to leave the Etihad Stadium during the summer transfer window.

Despite continued talk of a potential short-term loan for the remainder of the campaign, Football Insider claim that Manchester City’s preference is to permanently sell the 29-year-old this month.

Pep Guardiola’s side would ‘prefer‘ to sell Phillips during the current transfer window, with Tottenham interested in signing the Englishman as part of their midfield reinforcements.

Phillips could feature against Spurs next week, with Manchester City facing the north London club at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday 26th January in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Blues, who are seeking to defend their FA Cup crown, are yet to score a goal at Spurs’ new stadium.