‘Bonkers’ – Man City sign deal for Kalvin Phillips who is set to leave Leeds for an initial fee of £42m


Darren Bent has described Manchester City’s deal for Kalvin Phillips as “bonkers”, saying the Premier League champions are getting a bargain.

Pep Guardiola’s side have agreed a move for the England international which will see the Leeds United star leave his boyhood club for a fee of £42m, plus £3m in additional terms.

Phillips’ move to Man City seen as a bargain by Bent
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'Bonkers' - Man City sign deal for Kalvin Phillips who is set to leave Leeds for an initial fee of £42m
Guardiola’s side will pay an initial fee of £42m to sign the England international
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The 26-year-old has been a central figure at Elland Road since breaking into the first team under Marcelo Bielsa, and has been heavily linked with big moves to a number of Premier League clubs.

According to Bent, the deal with Leeds is a great deal for City which has filled a crucial gap in Pep Guardiola’s side.

Speaking on talkSPORT Drive, Bent said: “For Kalvin Phillips it’s fantastic to be part of arguably the best team at Manchester City. He’s a top player.

“I understand, they have always had two starting midfielders. Rodri’s emergence into a top midfield and Fernandinho’s departure means they need someone else there.

“For Kalvin Phillips, and his international aspirations given how key he was to England’s success in the Euro finals, if he starts playing for this Man City side he could become a mainstay. of the England team.

“£42m for Kalvin Phillips? That’s crazy.


'Bonkers' - Man City sign deal for Kalvin Phillips who is set to leave Leeds for an initial fee of £42m
Phillips is the man who will replace Fernandinho at the Etihad Stadium
'Bonkers' - Man City sign deal for Kalvin Phillips who is set to leave Leeds for an initial fee of £42m
Phillips is a hugely popular figure among Leeds fans
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“When I heard this rumor a few months ago I was hearing charges like £75m, £80m and charges like that, but if they can get a player of that quality for £42 million pounds, wow.

He added: “I can’t believe the charges.

“In today’s market where people are spending money left, right and centre, £50m here and £70m there, £42m for an England international.”

Asked if it lowered Declan Rice’s value, Bent said: “If you ask me, would I rather sign Rice for £80m or Phillips for £42m, I take Phillips.

'Bonkers' - Man City sign deal for Kalvin Phillips who is set to leave Leeds for an initial fee of £42m
Phillips hopes his move to City will help his England hopes
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“£85m is a lot of money for any team. Declan Rice is a better player, but for Manchester City a lot of people say he’s going to be in the team.

“When you go to a club like Man City, unless you’re Kevin De Bruyne, you’re going to be a team player.

“It’s a concern for the Premier League, ie Phillips and Haaland.

“It came out of nowhere, which makes me think they’ve been working on it for a while.”

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