FFP Threat: Newcastle United’s Bid for Kalvin Phillips Hangs in the Balance
Following his summer 2022 transfer from Leeds United, Phillips has found it difficult to make a name for himself in the Man City lineup.
The England international’s debut season with the Premier League winners saw just four stars out of 21 competitive outings.
Even though Phillips has been with the team for the first half of the 2023–24 season, he has only started one competitive game during that time and has struggled to get playing time.
Although Pep Guardiola recently expressed regret to Phillips for leaving him off the team, he stated he finds it difficult to include him in his lineup.
Phillips is now expected to depart the team in January in an effort to get regular playing time before Euro 2024 takes place the following summer, as he was not included in Guardiola’s plans.
In an attempt to bolster a thin midfield, Newcastle is rumoured to be one of the teams investigating a possible transfer.
While Joe Willock and Elliot Anderson are sidelined, Sandro Tonali is serving a 10-month penalty for breaking betting regulations.
Although The Mirror reports that Phillips may have admirers in Newcastle, funding a loan deal may prove to be challenging.
Man City is eager for any prospective buyer to foot the bill for a loan charge over £5 million in addition to a sizable chunk of Phillips’ weekly wage of £135,000.
According to the article, Financial Fair Play rules may make it tough for the Magpies to satisfy Man City’s demands.
Because Eddie Howe wants to keep his options open for the summer transfer window, Newcastle is likewise hesitant to consent to a buy clause in the planned loan deal.
Juventus, an Italian powerhouse, has expressed interest in Phillips, a midfield player, but like the Magpies, they are unwilling to cover the majority of his salary.
Local rivals of Man City, Manchester United, have apparently made the Englishman a major target for January, and Phillips has also been linked to them.