Manchester City confirm signing of Leeds' Kalvin Phillips

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in a £45m deal.

Phillips has signed a six-year contract at the Etihad Stadium to reinforce manager Pep Guardiola's defensive midfield options following the departure of Fernandinho, who has returned to Brazil on a free transfer. He will take the club's vacant number four shirt.

City reached an agreement with Leeds in late June, and they have now officially confirmed the 26-year-old's arrival after he passed a medical.

While a £60m fee had previously been touted, 90min understands the structure of the deal will actually see Man City pay £45m overall, with £3m of that figure made up of bonus payments. City did their due diligence on the midfielder's character to ensure he would fit in with their current squad before pursuing a transfer.

A graduate from Leeds' academy, Phillips departs Elland Road after making 234 appearances in all competitions. The highlight of his career at the club was undoubtedly gaining promotion to the Premier League under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, with his form during that season helping him earn a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad for Euro 2020.

Phillips' 2021/22 campaign wasn't quite as successful, with injuries limiting him to just 20 Premier League appearances as Leeds narrowly swerved relegation.

Source : 90min