Football Insider has been informed by insiders that Tottenham will have to pay a loan fee of £5–6 million in order to get Kalvin Phillips, a midfielder for Man City, in January.
The 28-year-old’s transfer request from City is contingent upon the club reaching an agreement, according to former Spurs scout Bryan King, as discussed in the most recent episode of Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast.
Phillips is reportedly on Tottenham’s want list as they consider their alternatives for central midfield in the closing weeks of the transfer window.
Tottenham has also held conversations about a potential permanent contract with Chelsea striker Conor Gallagher, with whom they are negotiating on a deal.
Since leaving Leeds United in July 2022 for the Etihad Stadium in exchange for a £45 million transfer, Phillips has had difficulty adjusting.
During his stay in Manchester, the England international has made just 31 appearances for City in all competitions and has only managed one goal.
The 2023–24 season has seen Phillips battle for playing time once more; he has made 10 appearances and played just 318 minutes of football.
The former Leeds player is having trouble fitting in with Pep Guardiola’s squad, therefore it appears like he may leave City this month.
Guardiola has told Phillips that he is free to sign with any team in January, but Newcastle United and Juventus are the front-runners to sign him, according to information obtained by Football Insider last month.
Nevertheless, many interested clubs find the transaction unaffordable due to the loan fee that City, who also seek payment of Phillips’ whole salary, is demanding.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast, King stated: “I would personally be looking at Phillips at Man City if they are looking for a central midfielder, since there has been a lot of chatter about them.
“I would definitely be looking at a loan of £5 million or £6 million.”
“He exudes the kind of energy that Postecoglou [Age] enjoys.”
Also, Tottenham and Everton are showing more interest in the 19-year-old Championship sensation.