According to every news source and individuals of “in the know” status, Manchester City and Leeds United have agreed a deal for the Leeds midfielder, Kalvin Phillips.
Sky Sports News are reporting the deal to be between £45m and £50m, taking this with a pinch of turf as we know they like to inflate the prices of Manchester City deals.
However, popular transfer specialist, Fabrizio Romano reports the deal to be £42m with add-ons.
Romano also reports that Phillips has already agreed personal terms with City and rejected interest from other clubs in favour of working with the best bald manager in Manchester….and the league.
The assumption is that the 26-year-old will replace City captain, Fernandinho. However, with Rodri’s player of the season displays during our title defence last season, Phillips will have to fight for his place in the starting line-up.
Phillips, who came through the Leeds youth academy, was a prominent figure and crucial to former boss, Marcelo Bielsa. A style of play he excelled in and gained the respect and fierce support of fans.
The midfielder was named as England’s player of the year in 20-21, though faces tough competition to play in the midfield of the most boring line-ups of England’s history under Gareth Southgate.
He will hope to develop his talent, ability, and tactical intelligence under the Manchester City boss. A coach that young players dream of learning from.
Manchester City will be adding another England international to the squad, another kind of domination for the blues.
The evidence suggests that the deal is yet to be officially completed, with medical and signatures next on the agenda.
Judging by the gossip on social media; some blues are excited about the prospect of the new addition and eager to see what value he might bring to the squad, rating him as a player.
Others are a little more reluctant to join in the excitement, wondering if he has what it takes to challenge and compete with the best of the best. Playing alongside, and improving, the already successful City side.
Those who follow City closely will know that it can take new players some time to adapt to the incredible football played at the Etihad. Only time will tell us how Phillips will settle in.
Nevertheless, in typical blue fashion, he’ll be supported as soon as he pulls on a Manchester City shirt.