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Manchester City are targeting Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips as a Fernandinho replacement

Manchester City are ‘eyeing Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips as a potential replacement for Fernandinho’… but they will face competition from Manchester United, Aston Villa and West Ham to capture his signature.

  • Manchester City are keen to sign Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips in the summer
  • The 26-year-old is seen as a potential replacement for Brazilian Fernandinho.
  • City will face competition from Manchester United, West Ham and Aston Villa

Manchester City have reportedly become favorites to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips as they look to replace Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan this summer.

City manager Pep Guardiola has already identified the England international as an ideal replacement for Brazilian Fernandinho, who is leaving after nine years in Manchester.

Ilkay Gundogan has also been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions this summer, meaning Guardiola has plenty of work to do in the summer transfer window to rebuild his midfield.

Manchester City are targeting Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips as a

Manchester City target Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips to replace Fernandinho

Fernandinho will leave City after nine years

Ilkay Gundogan could also leave City this summer

City boss Pep Guardiola may have to rebuild his midfield with Fernandinho (left) and Ilkay Gundogan (right) both set to leave the club this summer.

Mirror has reported that City have sent scouts to watch Phillips several times this season, and that the 26-year-old will almost certainly be available if Leeds are relegated on Sunday.

The same report suggests that sporting director Txiki Begiristain has accepted that Declan Rice’s main goal is unattainable this summer.

They will face plenty of competition in the Premier League, given that Aston Villa and West Ham both had offers rejected in the January transfer window, but they remain interested in signing Phillips.

City boss Guardiola will face competition from Manchester United, Aston Villa and West Ham.

City boss Guardiola will face competition from Manchester United, Aston Villa and West Ham.

Fierce rivals Manchester United have also been heavily linked with the midfielder and remain among the interested clubs, despite earlier reports that Phillips would turn down an offer from rivals Leeds.

Leeds-born Phillips is well aware of the feud between his hometown team and their bitter rivals the Pennines, and would be opposed to joining United.

Alan Smith was the last player to trade Elland Road for Old Trafford in 2004, two years after Rio Ferdinand made the same move, and many Leeds fans have never forgiven him.

Eric Cantona, Arthur Graham, Joe Jordan and Gordon McQueen are the other players joining United from Leeds. Phillips has told Leeds that he wants to stay and sign a new contract, having been at the club since he was 14.

His current contract has two years left, but he could easily double or triple his current salary if he moves.

Especially as Phillips emerged as a key part of the England squad after starting every game at last summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, when Gareth Southgate’s side reached the final, only to lose to Italy on penalties.

He has suffered from injury problems this season but is still expected to be included in Southgate’s World Cup squad for Qatar 2022 later this year.

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