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Kalvin Philipps is wanted by Manchester City (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Manchester City are set to push forward with a move for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips after completing a £51million deal for Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian’s move was formally completed yesterday, with the former Dortmund man expressing his delight at moving to his ‘boyhood club’.

Pep Guardiola’s attention will now switch to signing a defensive midfielder following Fernandinho’s departure.

City had weighed up a move for Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong, who is expected to leave the club and is a target for Manchester United.

However, Goal report that City have decided against signing the Dutchman and they will instead target Phillips.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 11: Frenkie de Jong of Netherlands looks on during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 4 match between Netherlands and Poland at Stadium Feijenoord on June 11, 2022 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Perry vd Leuvert/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
De Jong is a target for United (Photo by Perry vd Leuvert/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) Photographer: DeFodi Images Provider: DeFodi Images via Getty Images Source: DeFodi Images

The England international endured a difficult campaign last time out with injury but he has impressed Guardiola with his passing, pressing and ability to conduct play from the base of midfield.

United had been keen on signing Phillips but he has ruled out a move to Old Trafford due to his connection with Leeds supporters.

Signing Phillips would have been far easier had Leeds suffered relegation but the club are still realistic about their chances of keeping the England ace, who could fetch a fee of around £60m.

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