Paris Saint-Germain Set to Enter Race for Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips
Phillips had been anticipated to play regularly since he moved from Leeds United to the Etihad Stadium in 2022 for an initial £42 million.
Rather, he has only appeared in 25 substitute games and six starts, with Pep Guardiola acknowledging that a January transfer could happen.
The England international is not without interest, but even in the case of a loan agreement, challenges may arise due to City’s expectations.
According to a recent rumour, the Premier League champions want to charge a £5 million borrowing fee and include a purchase requirement in any bid.
It is said that if City maintains its criteria, it will be tough for teams like Newcastle United and Juventus, who have a history of financial troubles, to commit to an offer.
Phillips’s services will be available to City for the duration of the current campaign, and the player is reportedly eager for a move that would increase his prospects of playing for England at Euro 2024.
PSG might be ready to go after Phillips later in the transfer window, according to Caught Offside.
The Ligue 1 leaders had hoped to sign Gabriel Moscardo from Corinthians, but the young player will miss some time due to a foot fracture.
PSG reportedly plans to finalize that agreement later in 2024, but for the time being, they need to address the problem of bringing in another midfield player to the engine room.
Having said that, it is stated that other players may be pursued and that signing Phillips is not necessarily seen as a priority at this time.
From Phillips’s point of view, Manchester City hosts Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, so Guardiola might give him an unusual start.
Despite this, he has only played 379 minutes of Premier League football with City, and another 165 minutes in the Champions League, therefore his odds of playing more in either tournament are unlikely to improve.