Calvin Phillips (27) is expected to leave Manchester City through the transfer market in January.
Britain’s “Football Insider” said on the 15th (Korea Standard Time), “Both Phillips and Manchester City see the transfer as the best option. Phillips could now find a new team for regular football in the January transfer window,” he reported.
“Man City prevented Phillips from transferring this summer due to Kevin De Bruyne’s injury and Ilkay Gündogan’s transfer to Barcelona. Phillips is also determined to stay at Man City and fight for his place under Pep Guardiola. But it is now clear that he has failed, and the player has softened his thoughts on a potential transfer,” he added.
Finally, “Philips recognizes the need to be in top form ahead of the Euro tournament in Germany next summer. Newcastle United and West Ham United are mentioned as candidates ahead of the transfer market, he said.
Phillips, a former Leeds United Youth, was a high-profile midfielder in England, nicknamed “Yorkshire Pirlo.” Playing in the third line, he showed strength in defense and connection and was classified as the core of Bielsa football.
Then, he transferred to Manchester City for 49 million pounds (about 80 billion won) in the summer of 2022. Manchester City lacked third-line resources and tried to strengthen its midfield through Phillips, who was considered a top midfielder in the Premier League.
It was the worst. Phillips failed to perform much in the 2022-23 season due to shoulder injuries and weight control failures. There were frequent situations where the bench was worn, and even if he played as a substitute, he did not make much impression. He played in 21 official games in 593 minutes. This season is the same. So far, he has played 167 minutes in five games.
Phillips made up his mind. He wants to leave to increase his chances of playing ahead of Euro 2024 next summer. Potential destinations include Newcastle and West Ham. Manchester City is also open to the sale, so it is expected to go smoothly.