Club already preparing for departure of player to Manchester City and have already lined up replacement

Kalvin Phillips Leeds United Manchester City England Midfielder
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Premier League side Leeds United are already preparing for the potential exit of midfielder Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City this summer.

According to The Express, Leeds United are already planning Phillips’ potential departure by targeting RB Leipzig’s American midfielder Tyler Adams.

Adams has previously played under Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch at New York Red Bulls and German club RB Leipzig.

The USA international played 24 times in the Bundesliga last season, helping RB Leipzig finish fourth. 

England international Phillips is a top target for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as he seeks a replacement for Fernandinho, who is leaving the club this summer.

Manchester City have been linked with a £50million move for Phillips, whose return from injury last season coincided with Leeds’ battle against relegation.

The 26-year-old was limited to just 20 appearances last season due to injury as Leeds United secured their top-flight status on the final day of the campaign. 

Meanwhile, Phillips has been warned against moving to the Etihad Stadium amid concerns he would be a bench player behind “different class” Rodri.

This is according to former Leeds United and Manchester City player Danny Mills, who believes a move to Manchester City is risky for Phillips given the strong squad Guardiola already possesses.

“He’ll probably play 20 games or so? He’s not Rodri’s standard yet, Rodri’s different class,” Mills told talkSPORT. “I remember watching Rodri when he first came in to the football club and thinking ‘wow’.”

However, Mills believes Phillips, 26, could eventually surpass Rodri’s production, even if he’s not ready for that yet.

“I’m not saying Kalvin Phillips will get found out because he’s a very good player, but going to Manchester City with the intensity and the expectation of having to win every single week is next level,” he concluded.

Phillips should not be worried about game time at Manchester City as there are abundant games to go around due to City’s crowded fixture list.

Despite being behind Rodri in pecking order, Fernandinho played 33 times for Manchester City last season.