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Arsenal linked with surprise move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips

Arsenal are reportedly formulating plans for a January swoop on Manchester City, with their sights set on Kalvin Phillips, a midfielder who has recently voiced his discontent over his lack of playing time under Pep Guardiola. This revelation marks a significant turning point for Phillips, who now finds himself at a crossroads in his career at the Etihad Stadium.

The 27-year-old English player made a high-profile move to Manchester City in the summer of 2022, commanding a hefty transfer fee of £42 million after leaving his childhood club, Leeds United. However, his arrival coincided with Rodri’s exceptional form, as Manchester City achieved an unprecedented Treble. This led to a shortage of opportunities for Phillips in the City lineup.

Kalvin Phillips
Kalvin Phillips

Throughout this period, Phillips was a subject of intense transfer speculation. Liverpool, Newcastle, and Bayern Munich were among the clubs rumored to be interested in his signature, with suggestions that he might be allowed to seek a new challenge.

Recent reports from Spain suggest that Arsenal is now seriously contemplating a January bid for Phillips, sensing that the time may be right for the midfielder to seek fresh pastures. According to, Phillips currently boasts a market value of 32 million euros. He has represented England in 28 international matches, netting one goal during his international career.

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Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, sees Phillips as an ideal long-term replacement for Jorginho, the Gunners’ midfielder who has been struggling with his form of late. Jorginho faced significant criticism following a recent incident where he conceded possession too easily, resulting in Tottenham’s second equalizer in the North London derby, which ultimately ended in a 2-2 draw.


As the January transfer window approaches, all eyes are on whether Arsenal can secure the services of Kalvin Phillips, potentially reshaping their midfield dynamics and providing the English midfielder with a fresh start in his career.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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