Manchester City To Approach Leeds United Midfielder Following International Break

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Manchester City will look to make an approach for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips once England’s international fixtures have been completed.

This comes from the Telegraph’s James Ducker, who adds that the Premier League champions are set to fend off interest from several clubs, including city rivals Manchester United.

Leeds United Midfielder To Be Approached By Manchester City After International Break

Premier League Interest

Manchester United had appeared to be leading the way in signing Leeds United midfielder, Kalvin Phillips. However, with a strong allegiance to the Yorkshire club, a move to Old Trafford may not have been feasible for him should an offer be put on the table.

In step Manchester City who, not for the first time this season, look to sabotage a potential transfer for their city rivals.

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According to Ducker, Aston Villa and West Ham United had also shown interest in the 26-year-old, meaning Pep Guardiola won’t hesitate to put a bid in before other clubs start to make offers themselves.

Fernandinho Replacement

It has been said before that Manchester City are looking at Kalvin Phillips as a long-term successor to Fernandinho.

The Brazilian is departing the club at the end of the season after an impressive nine-year stint and Guardiola is on the hunt for a combative holding midfielder.

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Reports suggested that City were looking to lure Paul Pogba from the other side of town, but the Frenchman appears to favour a move to another European club, with Juventus leading the way.

City should have an influx of cash with a potential imminent departure of Gabriel Jesus, with Arsenal and Real Madrid interested. The club have already bolstered their attacking options with the arrival of Erling Haaland and Julien Alvarez.

Leeds United Hopeful of Keeping Hold of Phillips

Despite only avoiding relegation on the final day of the season, Leeds boss Jesse Marsch is confident that the club can persuade Phillips to stay at Elland Road.

The Yorkshire outfit are hopeful that Phillips will stay for an additional year and potentially move in the summer of 2023.

However, if a bid comes in over the coming weeks that is too good for Leeds to turn down then it’s highly likely that the outcome will end in a departure.