Manchester City ‘hatch £200million plan’ to bring in Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips
The Premier League champions could offload a host of talent to raise money for their summer wishlist.
Manchester City could raise more than £200million in player sales this summer as the club look to land Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The Premier League champions have already signed Leeds-born Erling Haaland for £65million and are set to turn their eyes to Elland Road in a bid to rejuvenate the squad ahead of another Champions League push.
The 26-year-old is seen by Pep Guardiola as a successor to the departing Fernandinho but could cost as much as £60million, with Leeds looking unlikely to budge on either him or Brazilian winger Raphinha – who is the subject of major Barcelona interest. And with a big outlay of incomings likely at the Etihad, several key players from the last few seasons could be on their way out.
The Telegraph reported that more than £200million could be raised through sales, with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus potentially leaving for combined £110million, while fringe players such as Pedro Porro, Gavin Bazunu, Yangel Herrera and Morgan Rogers could bump the total incoming up to the £200million mark.
The report also states that one of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Nathan Ake or Ilkay Gundogan could depart, should any ‘big’ offer come in. should a big offer come in.
And that money is likely to fund further incomings, with Leeds United’s midfield lynchpin at the top of the list. Reports had suggested that City were readying a bid for the England international this week, and while that now looks unlikely to happen so swiftly, it seems a matter of when and not if they make an official approach.
Those in charge at Elland Road are hopeful they can tie Phillips down to a new deal, although both officials and fans are realistic in their knowledge that Champions League football and a mammoth pay-rise could be too good to turn down. They will also be hopeful that Man City’s interest in Barcelona wonderkid Gavi may turn their attention away from West Yorkshire long enough for a new deal to be swiftly signed.
Similarly, Leeds will try and fend off interest for Raphinha, with Spanish giants Barcelona desperately trying to sign the Brazilian despite being financially crippled. Arsenal and Liverpool had also shown a fleeting interest in the former Rennes man but look unlikely to make a serious move.
The Whites are focusing more on incomings, with Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca expected to become the third major signing in the near future. He will follow Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen through the door, with the club still in the market for another striker and further midfield/defensive reinforcements.