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European heavyweights set to pounce for exit-bound Kalvin Phillips

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Major clubs around Europe are reportedly interested in a January move for Kalvin Phillips, who looks set to depart Manchester City as he seeks regular football ahead of EURO 2024.

Since his £45m move from Leeds in the summer of 2022, Phillips has featured just 26 times, playing only 70 minutes of Premier League football this season.

Spanish midfielder Rodri has cemented himself as a key player in City’s midfield, with manager Pep Guardiola consigning Phillips to a backup role.

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Sky Deutschland reporter Florian Plettenberg has reported that the 27-year-old will be available on loan with an option to buy in January, and this has reportedly alerted some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Perhaps the most interesting team linked with moving for the midfielder is Liverpool; despite the Reds signing four midfielders last summer, they reportedly see Phillips as the ideal player to play alongside Alexis Mac Allister whilst providing support to the back four.

German champions Bayern Munich are another side linked with Phillips, Plettenberg reporting manager Thomas Tuchel to be a long-term admirer of the man from Leeds. Italian club Juventus are also named as a potential destination.

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Phillips is keen to play regular football to boost his chances of winning a starting spot in Gareth Southgate’s England side for next summer’s European Championships.

The midfielder addressed his current situation whilst on international duty earlier this month, saying: “I want to play football and want to play as much as possible. Over the last year and a half I haven’t been able to do that due to injuries and [other factors]. It’s something I am going to have to think about.”


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