Kalvin Phillips Next Club Odds: Man City Well Ahead Of Chasing Pack

Kalvin Phillips Next Club Odds: Man City Well Ahead Of Chasing Pack
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Now that the June internationals are over, we can expect the transfer speculation to ramp up - and betting sites are constantly updating their prices in response to the latest developments.

England endured a disappointing month in the Nations League, losing twice to Hungary and failing to beat either Germany or Italy. 

Gareth Southgate has plenty to think about between now and the 2022 World Cup, while the players involved will also be hugely disappointed by England’s poor start to the tournament.

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For some members of the squad, their thoughts will soon turn to where they will be playing their football next season. Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham are two players being heavily linked with a move, as is their fellow midfielder Kalvin Phillips. 

Leeds avoided relegation on the final day of the Premier League season in May, but they could still lose several key players this summer.

You can find the odds on where Phillips will be plying his trade come September below. We will then assess some of the main contenders to sign him.

Man City At Front Of The Queue For England International

Manchester City are in pole position to sign Phillips this summer, so much so that Betfair have suspended betting on the transfer happening. 

Pep Guardiola’s side have not yet submitted a formal bid for the holding midfielder, but reports suggest City are confident that a deal can be struck. 

The Athletic writes that Leeds expect to receive an offer soon, but it remains to be seen whether City’s valuation of £45m tallies with that of the midfielder’s current club. Crucially, the report states that Phillips would be keen on a switch to the Etihad Stadium.

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Fernandinho’s impending exit means City are on the lookout for a new midfielder, although Rodri is firmly established as the first-choice pick at the base of the engine room. 

Guardiola is an admirer of Phillips’ though, and with City expected to compete on four fronts next term, there will be plenty of minutes to go around. 

It’s little wonder then, that City are as short as 1/4 to sign the Yorkshireman.

Yorkshire Pirlo Could Stay With Boyhood Club For Another Year

Leeds have not yet given up hope of keeping hold of Phillips and are priced at 3/1 on football betting sites to do just that. 

They will look to play on the fact that the 26-year-old was born in the city and is a boyhood supporter of the club. If he were to stay put and help Leeds establish themselves in the top half of the Premier League, Phillips’ status as a club legend would be assured.

This is not just a case of money. Sure, the pay packet at Manchester City would be appealing, but Phillips will primarily be attracted to the champions because of their ability to contend for trophies season in, season out. 

Leeds are not currently at that level, but Phillips could be persuaded to stay if he feels the club is ready to match his ambition.

One factor in the Whites’ favour is the upcoming 2022 World Cup. If Phillips joins a bigger club and finds game time hard to come by between now and November, he could lose his place in Southgate’s first-choice XI. 

Staying at Leeds, where he is a guaranteed starter, would be safer for his World Cup prospects.

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Liverpool are the third-favourites – but some distance 

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Manchester City and Liverpool’s transfer business so far this summer has done nothing to suggest the Premier League’s ruling duopoly will be broken up next term. 

It is interesting that the two clubs rarely go head-to-head for the same transfer target, but if Liverpool were to enter the race for Phillips it would leave him with a dilemma that most footballers would love to face.

The Reds are currently priced at 12/1 and there have not been any serious suggestions that Jurgen Klopp is plotting a swoop for Phillips

Liverpool’s midfield will need freshening up in the next couple of years though, and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that they attempt to hijack City’s move for Phillips at the eleventh hour.

Arsenal And Chelsea Have Yet To Register An Interest 

At 20/1 and 25/1 respectively, UK bookmakers do not believe Phillips is about to move to Arsenal or Chelsea. 

Every summer features dramatic transfer U-turns though, and perhaps the England international will be the latest player to join a club that only enters the race late on.

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Roma are thought to have revived their interest in Granit Xhaka, whom they pushed hard to sign last summer. His exit would leave Arsenal in need of a replacement, and Phillips would bring extra mobility to the role. 

Chelsea are expected to ramp up their recruitment in the coming weeks after Todd Boehly’s consortium finally completed its takeover of the club at the end of May. At this stage, however, a move for Phillips seems unlikely.

Could Ambitious Villa Or Wealthy Newcastle Enter Race?

If Phillips is to leave Leeds, it will be to a club that is capable of winning silverware on a regular basis. 

A transfer to Manchester City or Liverpool is therefore plausible. It is much harder to envisage him representing Aston Villa or Newcastle United, both of whom are available at 28/1, next season.

Villa have shown their ambition in the transfer market over the last couple of years, but they would struggle to convince Leeds to sell Phillips to them, let alone persuade the player to sign.

Newcastle perhaps have a better chance given the sheer amount of money behind the Saudi Arabia-led project, but Phillips would surely prefer to move to a side that is already among Europe’s elite, not one which might one day get to that level. 

Indeed, if a purported switch to City collapsed and Liverpool opted against submitting an offer, Phillips would probably stay put at Elland Road for another year.