Manchester City have signed England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United on a six-year contract. The 26-year-old was signed in a deal worth $54.53 million including add-ons.
Phillips leaves Leeds having registered 13 goals and 13 assists in 232 appearances for the Whites in all competitions, although he endured an injury-hit 2021-22 season. The midfielder still managed one assist from 20 Premier League appearances to help Jesse Marsch’s side secure survival on the final day – playing the full 90 in their final six Premier League fixtures.
Leeds have already signed a replacement for Phillips in the form of Marc Roca, who has arrived from Bayern Munich, while Darko Gyabi has also signed for the Whites from Man City.
At Man City, Phillips will become the 14th most expensive signing in club history sandwiched between Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva. Phillips is considered Pep Guardiola’s key target to strengthen the midfield. Phillips has been handed the number 4 shirt at Man City, which was last worn by Vincent Kompany, and he arrives after Fernandinho’s departure on a free transfer at the end of last season.
Armed with a formidable passing range and astute tactical awareness, Phillips combines those key attributes alongside his formidable stamina and an infectious appetite for success. Possessing impressive technique, he is comfortable receiving the ball under pressure and can also break the lines in central areas of play.