English Premier League (PL) teams are still a resource to keep an eye on.
British media ‘Evening Standard’ reported on the 12th (Korean time), “West Ham United is trying to sign Manchester City’s Calvin Phillips (27). At the same time, Chelsea midfielder Connor Gallagher (23) is also aiming.”
This is to prepare for the departure of the core midfielder.메이저놀이터 West Ham captain and main midfielder Declan Rice (24) is likely to transfer in the summer transfer market. It is a resource that Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are eyeing. He is regarded as a key player in the England national team and a top midfielder in the Premier League.
Phillips joined Manchester City from Leeds United in July last year. Coach Pep Guardiola chose Phillips as a replacement for Fernandinho (37, Clube Atletico Paranaense).
But Phillips betrayed Man City’s expectations. In the early days of the transfer, he focused on recovering from a hamstring injury. He only made short substitute appearances in major competitions.
Controversy arose over the attitude. Phillips was excluded from the roster in November last year due to a shoulder injury. After his return, he was overweight and did not compete in official matches. At the time, Guardiola said directly, “Phillips returned to the team in an overweight state. He is not in a situation to play.”
In fact, out of the manager’s eyes, Phillips could hardly get off the bench. He only made 65 minutes of Premier League appearances all season. Guardiola even used defender John Stones (28) as a midfielder.
Although he has been pushed out of Manchester City’s starting lineup, he is still attracting attention from Premier League teams. ‘Football Insider’ said, “Aston Villa will push for Phillips in the summer transfer market. We are preparing a transfer fee of 45 million pounds (about 74.1 billion won). It is the highest transfer fee in the club’s history.”
In addition, Britain’s ‘Daily Star’ reported that “Philips had a hard time at Man City due to injury,” and “Leeds, his parent team, is trying to recruit Phillips in the summer.”