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Kalvin Phillips Compilation Proves He's A Perfect Fit For Manchester City

Josh Lawless

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Kalvin Phillips Compilation Proves He's A Perfect Fit For Manchester City

A compilation of Kalvin Phillips doing his thing in midfield proves the 26-year-old is a perfect fit for Manchester City.

On Friday night, news broke that City were closing in on the signing of the Leeds United star in a deal totalling £45 million.


City had identified Phillips as a top target this summer and are set to pay £42 million up front, with a further £3 million in add-ons.

In a separate transfer, City's 18-year-old midfielder Darko Gyabi is heading in the opposite direction for £5 million fee.

Phillips, who is expected to join his new club for pre-season, will become City's second signing of the summer and follow up the huge capture of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

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Image: Alamy

Guardiola has clearly been high on Phillips, who developed into a complete defensive midfielder under Marcelo Bielsa.

An 8 minute video of his best bits on YouTube has garnered just short of 40,000 views and shows exactly what Phillips will bring to City.

He has a tough task in nailing down a starting spot as the deepest midfielder after Rodri's phenomenal season for the champions, but Phillips would appear to have all the traits to excel in City possession-based approach.

The one-club man has a sense for sniffing out opposition attacks but combines that with a wonderful range of passing and the ability to dictate a game from deep.

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Image: Alamy

'The Yorkshire Pirlo' did this with distinction in England's run to the Euro 2020 final with a series of impressive displays.

He provided the assist for Raheem Sterling's winner in the opening fixture against Croatia with a lovely run and pass and maintained that level throughout the tournament.

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Image: Alamy

Capped 23 times by his country, Phillips was named as England's Player of the Year for his displays.

Guardiola, a top-tier midfield metronome himself back in the day, has the perfect knowledge for the position and Phillips is likely to take his game to another level under the Catalan.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

After a 1-1 draw at Elland Road in November, Phillips found himself in awe of the City boss when they shook hands.

As per The Times, Phillips said: "I was more mesmerised by Pep Guardiola giving me a handshake, and saying, 'Congratulations, well done.' That was nice."

City are now expected to push for a deal for Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella, though they are likely to offload Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus to Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.

Featured Image Credit: Image: Instagram/@transfers & YouTube

Topics: Kalvin Phillips, Leeds United, Manchester City, Premier League, England, Pep Guardiola

Josh Lawless
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