Manchester City have established contact with Leeds United to discuss a possible move for Kalvin Phillips and beat the competition for the midfielder.

According to Rudy Galetti, Manchester City have opened talks with Leeds United over a possible move for star man Kalvin Phillips. The midfielder continues to attract interest from many clubs, and the Premier League champions hope to beat the competition and get ahead in the chase.

The future of Kalvin Phillips may begin to worry a large section of the Leeds United fanbase, as there are no guarantees the midfielder will be at Elland Road next season. After a troubled campaign riddled with injuries and the team’s underwhelming form, the supporters have more concerns with the England international’s situation.

Leeds United have mulled over handing Phillips a new contract, although the midfielder could be open to a new challenge. Phillips, now a regular under Gareth Southgate for England, may feel the need to play for a big club a realise his ambitions of winning trophies. Early talks of a possible move to arch-rivals Manchester United have been dismissed out of hand, although the links to Manchester City remain persistent.

Pep Guardiola is looking for a new midfielder to replace Fermandinho, who will depart the club in the summer. The Brazilian has been an important part of the team’s success over the years, and the club need a solid player to fill his boots.

Phillips is earmarked for this huge role and could fit straight into Guardiola’s system. The midfielder’s presence at Leeds United has shown he can hold the midfield on his own. Hence the Premier League champions want to get ahead in the chase.

There is interest from Aston Villa, for whom Leeds United quoted £60 million in a bid to extract top value for their star man. However, the midfielder’s ambition to win trophies would likely see him prefer a move to one of the big teams such as Manchester City or Liverpool.

There is reported interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, although none of them are very serious about pursuing the 26-year-old midfielder so far. That leaves Manchester City, and Liverpool are possible front runners, although it could be Guardiola who may push to bring the Leeds star in.

Manchester City were planning on a bid, although looking at competition, they might want to be thorough with their approach. Hence the two clubs have been in contact recently to understand what it may take to sign Phillips in this window.

Manchester City could be prepared to pay Leeds’ asking price, which could be around the aforementioned £60 million mark. And, if a concrete offer comes through in the next few days, Phillips may have an important decision to make regarding his future.

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