Top European club confident Manchester City will submit bid for £99million defender

Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City have already signed Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez ahead of next season but more signings are still expected.

The Blues are also close to signing Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips as replacement for Fernandinho, who has left the club this summer.

Despite already having Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Nathan Aké and Rúben Dias at centre-back, it is believed Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be open to signing another centre-back this summer especially if Chelsea sign Ake.

According to Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester City are interested in signing Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt this summer.

Guardiola is known to be a huge admirer of De Ligt and it is believed Manchester City will make a move for the Juventus defender if Ake leaves this summer.

The report also adds that Juventus are confident Manchester City will compete with Chelsea for the transfer of De Ligt this summer.

Matthijs de Ligt
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The 22 year old centre-back joined Juventus from Ajax in the summer of 2019 and has a release clause of about £99million.

Meanwhile, 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. 

Manchester City have reached an agreement with Leeds United to sign Phillips for £45million with £5million in add-ons.

With Phillips set to join Manchester City, former Leeds United and Manchester City player Danny Mills 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’.”