This month, Kalvin Phillips is allegedly being sold permanently by Manchester City instead of being loaned away.
It was reported earlier today that West Ham United and the Manchester club were in negotiations on a possible signing agreement for the 28-year-old this month.
However, some behind-the-scenes information about City’s position on the midfielder’s possible departure before the January transfer window ends has already surfaced.
City now wants to offload Phillips long-term.
A recent TEAMtalk story claims that although City is still in talks over Phillips going on loan to West Ham, they still want to sell him permanently.
The Manchester United team paid £45 million to sign the Englishman from Leeds United during the summer transfer window of 2022.
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The midfield player has only started six of the 31 games in all competitions since that time.
It is hardly surprising that the Manchester club is trying to get rid of him considering how little playing time he has had there.
We interpret this to mean that the Citizens do not believe Phillips will remain at the Etihad Stadium given the reports that they are searching for a permanent sale.
Pep Guardiola actually made a very similar statement last month when he said that he finds it difficult to envision the former Leeds player in his dream City squad.
Going forward, Phillips would prefer to move somewhere where he would be playing frequently, regardless of whether the Manchester United team ends up losing him on loan or permanently this month.
It would be interesting to see what kind of money City would need to approve this possible move, and how near it might be to the £45 million they paid to sign the England international in the first place, if West Ham were willing to sign him permanently.