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Pep Guardiola provides transfer insight into Kalvin Phillips replacement at Manchester City

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed whether the Premier League champions will look to replace Kalvin Phillips in the current transfer window.

The 28-year-old midfielder is on the verge of completing a six-month loan deal to West Ham United for the second-half of the season, having struggled once again to earn himself any meaningful and consistent game time for Manchester City.

David Moyes’ side offers Phillips the opportunity to secure consistent minutes ahead of Gareth Southgate’s all-important England squad decision for the upcoming European Championships in Germany, with the midfielder travelling to London on Wednesday for a medical.

Some have wondered whether, regardless of minutes taken on over the last few months, Kalvin Phillips’ departure from the Etihad Stadium will leave Pep Guardiola’s slim squad even lighter for a crucial second-half of the ongoing season.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester City’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham on Friday night, Pep Guardiola was quizzed by journalists on the possibility of the Etihad side entering the transfer market to replace Kalvin Phillips this month.

“I don’t think so,” Guardiola responded briefly, just moments after the club had announced their first piece of incoming transfer activity of the ongoing January transfer window on social media and across their website.

That concerns the successful negotiation for Argentina youth international starlet Claudio Echeverri, who will arrive at Manchester City at the end of the calendar year following a loan spell with River Plate until January 2025.

At present, it remains unknown as to what Manchester City and the wider City Group intend to do with Echeverri upon his arrival in European football, however some are suggesting that the 18-year-old attacking midfielder could join Girona on a temporary agreement.

City officials also have a number of youth players to assess during the remaining days of the ongoing transfer market, with the likes of Kian Breckin eyed up for a loan deal for the second-half of the season.

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