Kalvin Phillips: Man City complete transfer of Leeds United midfielder | Transfer Center News


Manchester City have confirmed the signing of midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United for a fee of between £45m and £50m on a six-year deal.

After agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, England international Phillips left his boyhood club, where he went through the academy and flourished under former boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Sky sports news understands, out of loyalty to Leeds, the only club he would have joined was Manchester City and he had turned down proposals from other clubs.


The 26-year-old – who will wear the number 4 shirt – will be looking to fill the void left by Fernandinho at City, who left the club this summer after nine years at the Etihad Stadium.

Phillips said: “I am absolutely delighted to have joined Man City.

City have once again shown that they are the best team in the country, with an incredible squad and a manager like Pep Guardiola, who is rightly considered the best in the world.

“Being able to play with Pep, learn from him and his coaching staff, as well as being part of a fantastic team, is a prospect that excites me tremendously.

“City is a world-class club with world-class staff and facilities. It’s a dream come true to join.”

Phillips is City’s third summer signing after Erling Haaland and Stefan Ortega, while striker Julián Álvarez officially begins his career at Etihad after ending his spell at River Plate following the January deal.


Mills: ‘Outstanding’ Phillips will take time to establish himself

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Former Leeds defender Danny Mills thinks ‘outstanding’ Phillips will take time to establish himself at Manchester City

Former Leeds and Manchester City defender Danny Mills speaking to Sky Sports News:

“He’s an outstanding player. I think he’ll come into his team, but I’ve said before that I’m not convinced he’s going to start every game. You have Rodri in that holding midfield role, it’s a very congested midfield as well. .

“His first season, I think he will have to work his way up in the team and that will not be easy.

“He’s still going to play 20-plus games next season, a bit like Raheem Sterling did this year. You have to accept at Manchester City that you’re going to be a squad player from time to time.”

“I think it’s a move that Phillips couldn’t turn down. He will now be playing Champions League football, competing for the Premier League and other trophies.”

“He’s at that stage in his career where it’s an opportunity that’s probably too good to be true, so he didn’t really have a choice. As much as he loves Leeds, he had to take it.”

‘Phillips could become a city legend’

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As Kalvin Phillips completes his move to Manchester City, watch the English midfielder’s best moments for Leeds United in the Premier League.

Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford speaking to Sky Sports News:

“It’s a phenomenal deal for someone who’s come through the academy, it’s been nothing short of an incredible promotion.

“On the other hand, it’s frustrating from a Leeds perspective as we don’t want to see one of our own go. He’s been a one-club man, leading by example with his performances. It’s a shame to see him go. an amateur’s angle, but it’s an incredible opportunity and no one would begrudge him the move.

“It’s a huge deal for City, especially with Fernandinho leaving. They are replacing a living legend with another potential legend. I think it’s a brilliant deal from a City perspective.”

“I’m over the moon for him. He’s a lovely guy, a great lad. All the lads will be sad to see him go.”

Life after Raphinha and Phillips: What’s next for Leeds?

Sky sports news Senior reporter Tim Thornton examines what’s next for Leeds with stars Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips leaving the club this summer…

Leeds has been fully aware that these moves could happen for a while. They even learned last summer that Marcelo Bielsa could leave the club.

In January, they managed to fight off interest and keep Phillips and Raphinha and have been planning ever since. They have already made three signings this summer in Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen Y Mark Rock. Those players would have signed anyway, but now there’s money in the pot.

We expect Leeds to move quickly and bring new players to the club: another midfielder, a winger and a forward to play alongside Patrick Bamford, as Jesse Marsch likes to play with two up front.

Leeds paid £16m for Raphinha and will be looking to do the same by buying players early and developing them. That is the strategy. They won’t spend £60-70m on a player. They have identified targets, they know who they want, and they will move quickly to attract them.

If Leeds can get three more then they can argue it’s been a good window, even though they’ve lost two massive players.

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