17 Aug 2022 | 08:23 | Football
Manchester City have reached an agreement with Leeds to sign midfielder Calvin Phillips for between £45m and £50m.
England international Phillips is getting closer to leaving the club of his boyhood years, where he spent his youth academy and thrived under former boss Marcelo Bielsa.
The deal has not yet been formally completed, as Phillips still needs to agree to personal terms and pass a medical examination.
Sky Sports News understands that the only club he will join is Manchester City out of his loyalty to Leeds, and he has turned down other clubs.
The 26-year-old will fill the void left by Fernandinho at Manchester City, who revealed he will leave the club this summer after nine years at the club.
Sam Blitz and Jayant Ganju of Sky Sports wrote:
“In Leeds, the England midfielder may just have the keys to the city. As a white childhood fan and his whole family is 100 per cent Leeds, there is no doubt that Phillips will be content to stay on Elland Road. the rest of his career.
“But Manchester City, Who has struck a deal with Leeds to sign the 26-year-old, can promise trophies, Champions League football and real progress in his career. The midfielder could easily follow Jack Grealish, who left Aston Villa’s home last season, to become top-flight champions within a year. “
Speaking to Sky Sports News, former Leeds and Manchester City defender Danny Mills said:
“He’s a great player. I think he’s going to be in their squad, but I’ve said before that I don’t believe he’s going to start every game. You put Rodri in the midfield role, it’s a very A crowded midfield, as brilliantly.
“His first season, I think he’s going to have to work hard to get into the team, it’s not going to be easy.
“He’s still going to play 20-plus games next season – kind of like what Raheem Sterling did this year. You have to accept at City that you’re going to be a player from time to time.”
“I think it’s a move Phillips can’t refuse. He’s going to play in the Champions League now, challenge for the Premier League and other trophies.
“He’s at that stage of his career and it’s an unbelievably good opportunity, so he really has no choice. As much as he loves Leeds, he has to accept it.”
Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford told Sky Sports News:
“It’s an incredible deal for someone coming out of the academy, it’s just unbelievable progress.
“On the other hand, it’s frustrating from a Leeds point of view because we don’t want to see one of our own go away. He’s always been a one-club man, modeled on his performance. See him Leaving is a disgrace from a fan’s perspective, but it’s an incredible opportunity and no one will be jealous of his actions.
“It’s a big deal for City, especially with Fernandinho gone. They’re replacing a living legend with another potential legend. I think from City’s point of view , which is a fantastic deal.
“I’m so happy for him. He was such a lovely guy, a great lad. It’s going to be sad for all the boys to see him go.”
Manchester City midfielder Darko Jabi is set to join Leeds United in a £5m deal.
Transfers are a separate business from Phillips transfers.
Gyabi is an all-round midfielder who has progressed at Manchester City’s academy and was a key part of the elite development squad that played in Premier League 2 last season.
Jayden: Going to Manchester City is definitely not for playing time, he will start every game at Leeds (if fit) and with the World Cup approaching, he will surely be second to Rodri at Manchester City for a winter transfer?
John T: Phillips is a smart signing from Manchester City. If he can play like he did under Bielsa, he should find it a breeze. Just add Cucurella, it’s a terrible team.
Peter OT: A Leeds United fan for 50 years, obviously sad to see him go, but wish him all the best. Thanks KP for everything.
Charlie: Nice signing. Decent price. Hopefully Pep chooses two holding midfielders without having to continue to rotate Rodri and Phillips.
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