Manchester City have agreed a deal with Leeds to sign midfielder Calvin Phillips for a fee of between £45m and £50m.
England international Phillips is close to leaving his boyhood club, as he came through the academy and thrived under former coach Marcelo Bielsa.
The deal is not officially completed yet because Phillips still needs to agree to personal terms and pass a medical.
Sky Sports News is aware, out of loyalty to Leeds, that the only club he would have joined is Manchester City and they have rejected bids from other clubs.
The 26-year-old will seek to fill the void left by Fernandinho at City, who has revealed that he will leave the club this summer after nine years with the club.
What will Phillips bring to Manchester City?
Sky Sports’ Sam Blitz and Giant Django wrote:
“At Leeds, the England midfielder may have the keys to the city. A fan of the white team, with his entire family 100 per cent as well, there is no doubt that Phillips would be happy to remain at Elland Road for the rest of his career.
But Manchester City, who have agreed a deal with Leeds to sign the 26-year-old, can promise trophies and Champions League football and a real step in his career. The midfielder could easily follow Jack Grealish – who left his home at Aston Villa Last season – to become the winner of the First Division in a year’s time.”
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Philips may become a legend in the city
Former Leeds striker Jermaine Pickford speaking to Sky Sports News:
“It’s an extraordinary deal for someone who came through the academy, it was an amazing ascent.
“On the other hand, it’s frustrating from a Leeds perspective because we don’t want to see anyone from our squad leave. He was a one-club player, he was a role model in his performance. It’s a shame to see him leave from a fan’s angle but it’s a great opportunity and no one will envy him for this step.
“It’s a fantastic deal for City, especially with the departure of Fernandinho. They are replacing one living legend with another potential legend. I think it’s a fantastic deal from a City perspective.
“I’m so happy for him. He’s a lovable guy, a great boy. All the boys would be sad to see him go.”
Giabi joins Leeds from Manchester City for 5 million pounds
Manchester City midfielder Darko Giabi will join Leeds United in a £5m deal.
The transmission is a separate working part of the Philips conversion.
Gyabi is a versatile midfielder who progressed through the academy in City and was a key part of the Elite Development Squad playing in the Premier League 2 last season.
Phillips to Man City? Your views…
Jayden: Going to Manchester City sure isn’t good for playing time as he’ll start every game in Leeds (if he stays fit) and he’ll definitely be second to Rodri with City as the World Cup approaches, wouldn’t it be better to stay in Leeds until the winter transfer?
John T: Philips is a smart signature of Citi. If he can play like he did with Bielsa, he should find her elusive. Just add cucurella and that’s one scary team.
Peter O.T.: I’ve been a Leeds fan for 50 years and obviously sad to see him go but I wish him the best. Thanks for everything KB.
Charlie: Good signature. Decent price. Hopefully Pep will go for the midfield players and not have to keep rotating Rodri and Phillips.
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