Manchester City has eventually set the price as much as £50m for England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who has yet to set the fire since he joined the club.
Kalvin has endured a torrid period with the current league champion since he joined them from Leeds United in the summer of 2022. The capped England midfielder has made an underwhelming 27 appearances for the city, accumulating just 760 minutes of game time.
This season, Phillips has altogether had 70 minutes of game time across three Premier League fixtures. He has 90 minutes under his belt in the Carabao Cup.
The Yorkshire Pirlo, as he was fondly called, given his similar style of play with the Italian icon Andrea Pirlo, was labeled as a “bit of a regista”, the role that Andrea Pirlo himself played so beautifully during his days as a player.
With such high regard and recognition from Pirlo, Phillips hasn’t lived up to the expectations placed on his shoulders since signing a 6-year contract with the Citizens in the summer of 2022, earning Leeds United a whopping sum of £42 million, with the fee set to rise to £45 million in add-ons.
Phillips’ game time has continually been shattered as a result of Rodri’s impeccable form thus far. The Spaniard has had his stock rise so high since he joined the club, playing a standout role in the Champions League as well as scoring the match-winning goal in the final of the tournament, which saw Pep Guardiola win his first Champions League trophy as a manager since he left Barcelona.
Liverpool had formerly been linked with signing Phillips in the past, but that has been ruled out by the Reds’ signing of Endo, Mac Allister, Gravenberch, and Dominik Szoboszlai during the last summer transfer window.
As players are striving to make an impression in the heart of their national team coach in preparation for Euro 2024, Phillips would be hoping to make a move elsewhere to get game time.