Despite Fabrizio Romano’s earlier article, Newcastle United is now again leading the chase for England midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Fabrizio Romano, a transfer insider, revealed this morning that Kalvin Phillips was the target of a loan-to-buy offer from Juventus, implying that the Italian powerhouses took the lead in trying to sign him.
But now that it appears that Juventus has been priced out of the deal, TeamTalk claims that Newcastle is still in the driver’s seat.
Phillips is wanted by Manchester City for £50 million.
Recently, Manchester City stated that they would like to pay £50 million for Phillips, whom they only paid about £45 million to get from Leeds United. The idea that they want to profit from Phillips’ sale is absurd considering how little the player has played for City during that time.
When Kieran Trippier, Kalvin Phillips, and Harry Kane arrived in the incorrect arena, they ended up playing water polo.
According to the TeamTalk report, Phillips would choose to stay in the Premier League than traveling to Europe, which is good news for Newcastle once more.
Since Newcastle is still infatuated with FFP, any transaction involving Phillips in January is probably going to be a loan with a buyout option or obligation, although the club would be more confident in their ability to provide the funds than Juventus was.
Eddie Howe is able to bring out the best in Phillips.
We have seen that Kalvin Phillips is a fine player; he just didn’t mesh with Pep Guardiola’s style of play, which begs the question, “Why buy him?” but that is now in the past. Phillips is the kind of guy we certainly need to bridge the gap between defense and midfield.
Eddie Howe’s track record indicates that we can get Phillips back to his best, so if we can, we’d have a really talented player on our hands. Our very own Kieran Trippier once referred to the former Leeds United player as “phenomenal.” Trippier has played alongside Phillips for England.
After languishing on the Man City bench, he needs to catch up, yet Gareth Southgate continues to pick him for England, so something must be working. Hold on. Wait a minute, that implies Southgate is capable. Put that away.