Everton handed January transfer window boost: Pursuing Premier League rival’s flop?

Everton’s pursuit of Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips in the upcoming January transfer window may be handed a significant boost, relays the Goodison News. As reported by TEAMTALK, the Citizens are reportedly confident about securing a deal to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich next year. This development could open up the possibility of England international Phillips joining the Toffees, who have recently expressed interest in the 27-year-old midfielder [iNews].

The news outlet also noted that Kimmich is currently evaluating his options, reportedly feeling unsettled due to the uncertainties surrounding his future at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. During the summer, Manchester City was alerted to his potential availability, and Pep Guardiola is believed to favor signing him, primarily due to Kimmich’s versatile ability to play in both midfield and defense. This potential addition has raised “long-term doubts” about Phillips’ future at the Etihad Stadium.

Phillips has found himself low in the pecking order at Manchester City, making only two Premier League starts since his £45 million move from Leeds United in July 2022. This season, he has only managed 70 minutes of playing time in the league, struggling to secure a regular place in Guardiola’s side.

Recent reports on Phillips’ future have been conflicting, with some suggesting a potential January move and others indicating his determination to stay at the club and fight for his place. The arrival of Kimmich would likely reduce Phillips’ already limited opportunities further.

The specific transfer fee that Manchester City would require to allow Phillips to leave remains unclear. However, they would likely seek to recoup a significant portion of the £45 million they paid for his services just over a year ago. Phillips’ regular appearances in the England national team under Gareth Southgate should ensure that they receive a substantial sum for him. Several clubs, including Bayern Munich, have also been linked with the player recently.

The potential asking price, if in the same range as the initial transfer fee, may pose a challenge for Everton, given the ongoing financial constraints surrounding the club. Nonetheless, a loan move could be a possibility if Manchester City is eager to facilitate Phillips’ departure, with a permanent deal potentially on the horizon next summer, contingent on an improved financial position for the Toffees.

While several factors are in play, Everton could be in the race to sign Kalvin Phillips in the January transfer window, should the right opportunity present itself.