Manchester City have reportedly reached an agreement with Leeds United to sign midfielder Kalvin Philips this summer. The deal is likely to be completed by next week. The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Etihad stadium. Pep Guardiola has identified the England international as his top target to replace Fernandinho. According to reports, the Premier League champions are set to pay an initial £42m fee to sign Phillips.
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The fee could rise to £45 million with add-ons. Although, the reports also add that Manchester City’s academy graduate Darko Gyabi will move to Elland Road. However, he will move to Leeds on a separate deal worth £ 5 million.
DEAL COULD BE COMPLETED BY NEXT WEEK
Philips is currently on holiday. However, he is due to report back for pre-season training on July 4 with Leeds. But progress with the citizens could see the deal finalised as early as next week. The Yorkshireman has spent 12 years with his boyhood club.
He has made a total of 223 appearances across all competitions. Kalvin Philips is understood to have told Leeds United that he would like to join City this summer. This is despite interest from a host of other Premier League clubs. Liverpool, Manchester United, Liverpool, Aston Villa, and West Ham United were all interested in his services. Although, it seems City has overtaken them all to sign the midfielder.
As soon as Man City completes the signing of Philips, they will turn their attention to signing Marc Cucurella. The left-back is valued by Seagulls in the region of £50 million. Kalvin Philips and Marc Cucurella are said to be the important targets Pep wants to sign this summer. It now looks like the first target of two is already on the way. The two players will strengthen the City side to finally achieve their dream of winning the Champions League.
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