Pep Guardiola is pondering a move to Leeds United as a replacement for Fernandinho.
When Fernandinho’s contract at the Etihad expires, Manchester City will most likely enter the transfer market.
Pep Guardiola of Manchester City is allegedly considering making a move for Leeds United’s coveted holding midfielder Kalvin Phillips. As Fernandinho’s time in Manchester draws to a close, Guardiola is said to be a fan of the 25-year-fast old’s rise to popularity since achieving promotion with Leeds.
Fernandinho will be 37 years old and out of contract by the end of the current season.
Despite the fact that he can still perform when given the opportunity by Guardiola, he is unlikely to be offered a new contract.
The Brazilian cynically learned the black arts of guarding and shutting down attacks, and it was a valuable service to the Blues.
Rodri has been his long-term successor since 2019, but after Fernandinho’s exit, he will face competition, and the Spaniard is not without criticism.
The Liverpool physiotherapist who re-positioned Harvey Elliott’s ankle speaks out about the “unusual” injury.
Although his technical talent on the ball has never been questioned, his defensive game lags behind that of his Brazilian opponent.
Declan Rice was widely seen as the best option for Kevin De Bruyne as City’s midfield pillar for the next several seasons.
However, despite being one of the most sought-after transfer targets, West Ham have slapped a £100 million price tag on his head, which City are unlikely to match.
Phillips, according to the Daily Mail, might be the ideal cheaper alternative, having attracted the attention since his promotion to the Premier League with Leeds.
Phillips managed to establish himself as a mainstay of the Three Lions’ midfield as they clawed their way to the Euro 2020 final under England manager Gareth Southgate’s watchful eye.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side endured a disheartening 3-0 loss at home to Liverpool this past weekend, exacerbated by teenager Harvey Elliott’s horrific injury and subsequent red card.
However, Phillips’ superb passing range was still on display, which must delight Guardiola as he strives to improve his own passing machine at the Etihad.
Given City’s European and local aspirations, it would be a significant step up for the Leeds academy graduate. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”