Everton are one of the many clubs who could be in the race to sign Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City in the January transfer window, according to Inews.
After struggling to nail down a regular starting place under Pep Guardiola, Phillips is almost certain to leave City in January. The 27-year-old midfielder joined City from Leeds for a fee of around £42m, in the summer of 2022, but has managed only 23 games in all competitions so far.
As a result, he is nowhere near Gareth Southgate’s England squad, and a move away from the club in January looks likely. City were open to letting him go in the summer window, but Phillips was determined to prove a point to his manager.
However, his situation hasn’t changed. With Rodri suspended against Arsenal, one would have expected Phillips to feature, but Guardiola snubbed him again.
Inews claims that a host of clubs including Newcastle, West Ham, Everton, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich were interested in him, of which the Toffees could continue their pursuit if the proposed 777 partners takeover takes place.
Phillips – who pockets around £150k-per-week – is likely to be made available for loan in January, and City expect “plenty of interest” for him.
Phillips should consider a move to Everton on loan and it can do wonders for his career. He is capable of playing for any top side in the Premier League, but Sean Dyche can guarantee him regular games, something he badly needs at the moment.
Everton once again will be fighting to stay up in the Premier League after a poor start. Phillips would provide significant depth to the Toffees’ squad and can play a big part in helping them climb up the table.
It’s a shame really how his career has unfolded in the past 18 months. Phillips emerged as one of the best defensive midfielders during his time at Leeds and was a star for England at Euro 2020.
He now faces a strong fight to re-establish himself and a move away from City would be perfect for him.