Kalvin Phillips’ loan deal with Serie A powerhouse Juventus looks to be nearing, according to a recent Italian report.
Since leaving his childhood club, Leeds United, for Manchester City in the summer of 2022 for a rumoured £42.5 million, the England international has not adjusted well to his new surroundings. But his menial tenure with the club might soon be coming to an end.
Several Premier League teams allegedly expressed interest in signing Phillips in the summer, but the midfielder was eager to remain at the Etihad Stadium and compete for a spot in Pep Guardiola’s successful team.
Even though the Premier League winners have struggled with injuries all season long, Phillips has only made eight appearances for the Blues through a few months of the 2023–24 campaign.
However, according to Italian website Calcio Mercato, which was cited by Sports Witness, talks over a January loan transfer to Italian powerhouse Juventus have apparently “entered the hot phase.”
The source claims that the Serie A team is eager to sign Kalvin Phillips for the balance of the current 2023–24 season, with the intention of releasing him to Manchester City in the summer before the 2024–25 campaign begins.
While they look for a replacement for the suspended Nicolo Fagioli, Juventus does not seem to be prioritising discussions about a possible fee to sign Phillips to a permanent contract at the end of his loan.
In an effort to secure his place in Gareth Southgate’s lineup for the 2024 European Championship in Germany, Kalvin Phillips has been somewhat outspoken about his need to see more playing time before the summer.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, seemed to indicate at a recent news conference that Kalvin Phillips could pursue a move in the near future and that the Premier League champions would not obstruct him.
Pep Guardiola declared, “If he decides to do it [leave], then do it.” “He remains if the deal is not followed. He’s acting rather strangely. To be honest, I don’t want to commend guys that don’t play matches, but this guy is among the most giving players I’ve ever seen.
“It’s entirely the opposite—some people may be having issues in the locker room.”