Juventus Linked to Expensive Manchester City Outcast

The candidacy of Kalvin Phillips to bolster the depleted Juventus midfield in January is gaining steam. The Englishman is playing very little at Manchester City. He has logged just 168 minutes across 6 appearances so far. He wants to leave to be a regular ahead of Euro 2024.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the English champions could sign off on a six-month loan. The Bianconeri don’t play in the cups, which is an advantage. They don’t want to send him to a potential rival, either domestic or continental. Tottenham, Newcastle United, and Bayern Munich are after the 27-year-old as well.

Juventus were tipped to be keener on more offensive-minded options than Phillips. However, they are all pricey. Moreover, if he joined on a temporary spell, it wouldn’t rule out one further addition. Their January budget isn’t large.

The former Leeds United star was signed for €49M in July 2022 but hasn’t been able to win over Pep Guardiola. According to the publication, it’d take €25M to sign either Rodrigo De Paul or Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Our Take on Juventus and Phillips

While he’d be a top-shelf addition, he’s very different from the players they lost, Paul Pogba and Nicolò Fagioli, and also from what they need. Even though a ‘win-now’ move can’t be excluded if they are close enough to the top of the table, they should maintain a long-term view and not just go for a band-aid.

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