BREAKING: Kalvin Phillips joins Man City in a £45m deal from Leeds

Manchester City have announced the signing of Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United on a six-year deal.

The Athletic revealed last month that City and Leeds had reached an agreement for the transfer of the England international. Pep Guardiola’s team will pay £42 million with potential bonuses worth £3 million.

Leeds had been increasingly resigned to losing Phillips in the early stages of this window and Phillips was keen on a move to City since their interest emerged. A switch to the Etihad secures him Champions League football next season and will likely cement his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Phillips said: “I am absolutely delighted to have joined Manchester City.

“City have again proved to be the best team in the country with an amazing squad and a manager in Pep Guardiola who is rightly considered to be the finest in the world.

“To be able to play under Pep and learn from him and his coaching staff as well as be part of such a fantastic squad is a prospect that I am incredibly excited about.”

Phillips came through Leeds’ academy and rose to new heights under the club’s former head coach, Marcelo Bielsa.

A Leeds statement read: “No words can thank Kalvin enough for his efforts whilst at the club and we wish him nothing but success in the future.

“Kalvin inspired so many people in the city, not only for what he did on the pitch, but also for the work he did in the local community.

“He will always be a champion in Leeds, remembered for playing his part in getting the club back to where it belongs and will always be welcome at Elland Road.”

Leeds have already signed one midfielder this summer, Marc Roca from Bayern Munich, but they are now expected to move for another proven player in that position.

RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams, who played under Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch at New York Red Bulls, is among the options they are monitoring.

It is understood, meanwhile, that 18-year-old Manchester City midfielder Darko Gyabi will head Elland Road in a £5m deal. That transfer was being discussed separately to the Phillips deal.

Leeds start their 2022-23 Premier League campaign at home to Wolves, while Manchester City face West Ham United a day later.


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