Newcastle United will have to replace Sandro Tonali in the January transfer window, with Kalvin Phillips one of the leading candidates. A loan contract seems most likely for Newcastle, considering their financial equity situation.
There have been rumors of a move with Ruben Neves, who plays for PIF-owned club Al Hilal. But Kalvin Phillips is Newcastle’s priority, after the Magpies failed to lure him to St James’ Park in the summer.
The 27-year-old is keen to fight for his place at Manchester City, but it is a battle he is certain to lose. Phillips is having difficulty getting minutes, which could force him to leave the Etihad Stadium earlier than planned.
Journalist Ben Jacobs spoke to Give Me Sport about Newcastle’s pursuit of Phillips:
“We hear a lot of talk about Kalvin Phillips and Newcastle. There is a high possibility that Kalvin Phillips will leave Manchester City in January. The player started the season aiming to fight for his place at Manchester City, but I think now all parties are increasingly accepting that he could leave.
I’ve said many times that Newcastle are one of the clubs monitoring him. West Ham have also considered in the past, but they were finally able to bring in a host of midfielders after selling Declan Rice.
Dang Nguyen | 19:15 October 31, 2023