Arsenal are targeting Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips, a midfielder who has recently expressed his dissatisfaction with the limited playing time he’s been getting under the management of Pep Guardiola. This revelation signifies a pivotal juncture in Phillips’ career at the Etihad Stadium.
The 27-year-old English player made a high-profile switch to Manchester City in the summer of 2022, in a deal worth a substantial £42 million, departing from his childhood club, Leeds United. However, his arrival coincided with the remarkable form of Rodri, as Manchester City went on to secure an unprecedented Treble. This triumphant period resulted in fewer opportunities for Phillips within the City starting lineup.
During this time, Phillips became a subject of intense transfer speculation, with clubs like Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Newcastle United reportedly eyeing his signature. Rumors circulated that he might be granted the chance to explore fresh challenges elsewhere.
Recent reports originating from Spain indicate that the Gunners are earnestly considering a bid for Phillips in the upcoming January transfer window, sensing that the moment may be opportune for the midfielder to embark on a new chapter in his career.
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According to Transfermarkt.com, Phillips currently boasts a market value of 32 million euros. He has amassed 28 international appearances for England, scoring one goal during his international tenure.
Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, views Phillips as an ideal long-term replacement for Jorginho, one of the Gunners’ midfielders who has been struggling with form recently. Jorginho faced substantial criticism following an incident where he conceded possession too easily, leading to Tottenham’s second equalizing goal in the North London derby, which ultimately ended in a 2-2 draw.
As the January transfer window approaches, the football world awaits with bated breath to see if Arsenal can successfully secure the services of Kalvin Phillips. Such a move could potentially reshape the dynamics of their midfield and offer the English midfielder a fresh start in his professional journey.
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