Paris Saint-Germain has been linked with a shock move by Leeds United’s Calvin Phillips.
We reported this week that Manchester City are ready to step up their quest for the 26-year-old midfielder.
Premier League champion Pep Guardiola has officially announced the arrival of striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this week.
Now they have turned their attention to securing the England star’s services and want it to be completed before they head to America for their pre-season tour.
Phillips has been in international service since helping Leeds stay in the top flight, but he is now heading off for his summer break after Tuesday’s agonizing 4-0 Nations League defeat to Hungary.
City will now officially take on Leeds after he has completed his England duty.
However, the daily mirror He has now claimed that PSG has “taken a formal approach” to Leeds.
They have reached out to the Premier League team to find out how much they want the Elland Road Academy graduate.
He also adds that the Ligue 1 title holders know a £55m bid could very well resist Leeds.
It states that “Philips knows it will guarantee him Champions League football and can triple his wages to £200,000 a week” at Parc des Princes.
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The ace has two years left on his Leeds contract.
And they could force him to follow – or at least another season – the rest of that.
City coach Guardiola is looking for a replacement for veteran Fernandinho after the Brazilian left after nine years in the federation.
Guardiola and City’s sporting director, Txiki Begiristain, believes he would be “perfect” for them and has already sent scouts to watch him several times this term.
Manchester United also want the ace – but Phillips allegedly told his closest and dearest he couldn’t move to Old Trafford due to the bitter rivalry between them and his childhood club Leeds.