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Manchester City set to ramp up interest in Kalvin Phillips with official approach to Leeds next week

Manchester City set to ramp up interest in £60m-rated Kalvin Phillips with official approach to Leeds when midfielder returns from England duty next week

  • Leeds expect Manchester City to test their resolve over Kalvin Phillips  
  • The 26-year-old is currently away on international duty with England 
  • City boss Pep Guardiola has set his sights on securing a new central midfielder 

Leeds expect Manchester City to test their resolve over £60m-rated midfielder Kalvin Phillips after England’s internationals next week. 

The 26-year-old midfielder is currently on international duty but limped off with a ‘severe dead leg’ during Tuesday’s 1-1 Nations League draw in Germany.

And City are expected to officially approach their Premier League rivals after Phillips has returned from England duty.

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is currently away on international duty with England

Pep Guardiola has set their sights on securing a new central midfielder, with Phillips top of a list of replacements for departing captain Fernandinho.

The Brazilian said farewell to fans at the Premier League title parade as he heads back to Athletico Paranaense after nine years at the Etihad.

Phillips has been identified as possessing the perfect profile for the squad and City are expected to pursue him in the coming weeks. 

Manchester City have placed Phillips at the top of their midfield targets this summer

Leeds have signed Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg in a deal worth up to £10m.

As Sportsmail reported, the 24-year-old flew in from Denmark’s international camp to complete his medical on Wednesday and agreed a five year contract. 

Kristensen turned down Borussia Dortmund to link up with former boss Jesse Marsch and said: ‘He is a big part of my decision. I fit his style of football.’

Manchester City are looking for a replacement for Fernandinho, who has returned to Brazil

Manchester City are looking for a replacement for Fernandinho, who has returned to Brazil

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