Done deal: Manchester City reach agreement to sign top international player for £42million

Kalvin Phillips Leeds United Manchester City England Midfielder
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Premier League champions Manchester City have reached an agreement with Leeds United for the signing of Kalvin Phillips, according to The Athletic.

Manchester City will pay £42million for the England international with the possibility of a further £3m in add-ons.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola identified Phillips as a top midfield target for the club with club captain Fernandinho leaving the club as a free agent at the end of June.

Manchester City stepped up interest in Phillips after completing the signing of striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund last week.

Promising young Manchester City midfielder Darko Gyabi will move to Leeds United in a deal worth £5million.

Phillips, 26, is a product of the Leeds United academy and he has been keen on joining the Premier League champions since it became clear that Guardiola was interested.

Phillips was interested in the move to Manchester City as it would see him compete in the Champions League for the first time in his career.

Phillips was also keen on the move to Manchester City as it would help boost his chances of winning titles.

The 26 year old believes playing for a top team like Manchester City will help cement his place in England’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

Discussions about recruiting Phillips became more intense after Fernandinho revealed in April that he would move on when his contract expired this summer.

Spanish midfielder Rodri is Guardiola’s first-choice defensive midfielder but Guardiola believes Phillips can compete for a starting role while providing important squad depth.

Phillips is currently on holiday but is set to return at the start of the July.

Leeds United are already making moves to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams as a replacement for Phillips.

Adams played under Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch at his first club, New York Red Bulls.