Kalvin Phillips has joined Manchester City; Jesus and Sterling have left.
Manchester City has no plans to slow down its hiring drive after closing two landmark agreements before the opening of the summer transfer season.
The Daily Mail reports that the defending Premier League winners have made Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United their top priority for the next summer transfer window.
Pep Guardiola is searching for a top-tier midfielder to replace the vacuum left by the end of Fernandinho’s spectacular nine-year run at the Etihad Stadium.
Over the past ten years, the Brazilian has been a fixture in Manchester, serving as the foundation for Man City’s incredible domestic success.
The Cityzens, who have previously acquired players like Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland, are eager to sign Phillips in a high-profile trade now that the seasoned midfielder is no longer a contender.
The 26-year-old talent still ranks among the Premier League’s top deep-lying midfielders despite having an injury-plagued season at Elland Road.
The England player, who appears likely to depart his childhood club in the coming months, is being closely watched by Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as well.
As Leeds approached the end of the previous season, Phillips, who had been out for a while with an injury, significantly contributed to the team’s success in avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
However, it is widely believed that he will leave this summer, with Man City apparently prepared to spend up to £35 million to complete the transfer.
Guardiola, however, wants to get rid of the City citizens who aren’t contributing before mounting a decisive assault on Phillips.
The Telegraph claims that player sales of almost £200 million could help Man City’s efforts to add more fresh faces during the forthcoming transfer window.
The list of departing players can include Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
After the purchases of Alvarez and Haaland, Jesus is the most likely candidate to make place for newcomers.
The Brazilian’s position in the pecking order has probably taken a knockout punch because the duo will most certainly see significant playing time next season.
The 25-year-potential old’s escape routes from the Etihad are reportedly being considered by Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, and AC Milan.
Jesus might be available for roughly £45m with just over a year left on his current Manchester contract.
The out-of-sorts English star Sterling, who had a disappointing season last year, might follow him out the exit door.
The England international may be looking for a way out of the club in the summer after repeatedly failing to crack Guardiola’s starting XI in 2021–2022.
The former Liverpool winger’s contract at the Etihad has just 12 months left, just like that of his aforementioned teammate.
Sterling is aware that he cannot afford to play only a supporting role in this World Cup season.
However, the 27-year-old would be more expensive than Jesus.
According to reports, it would cost over £60 million to entice Sterling away from the defending Premier League champions.