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Phillips favours Newcastle over Juventus move

Kalvin Phillips prefers a move to Newcastle United over Juventus in the January transfer window, as the midfielder prepares to leave Manchester City.

Phillips has failed to make an impact at Manchester City since joining the club from Leeds in a £45m deal in 2022, with the 27-year-old having started just two Premier League games in almost 18 months at the Etihad.


Phillips is expected to leave the Citizens in the January transfer window as he looks to retain his place in the England squad ahead of next summer’s European Championship, with a loan exit likely after just 89 minutes of Premier League action this season.

Juventus have joined a host of Premier League clubs in expressing interest in Phillips, but Calciomercato are reporting that the midfielder’s preference is to remain in English football.

Newcastle are understood to be leading the race to sign Phillips, as the Magpies look to sign a midfielder in the new year in the wake of Sandro Tonali’s 10-month suspension for breaching gambling rules.

Newcastle have also been credited with interest in former Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, who left the Midlands outfit to sign for Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal last summer.

Eddie Howe discussed potential interest in Neves this week, suggesting the Magpies were open to a deal.

“It’s very difficult to talk about one individual player but, of course, he (Neves) is a player we liked when he was at Wolves.”

However, a deal could be blocked due to Al-Hilal being controlled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, who are also owners of Newcastle. A proposal to ban loan moves between associated clubs could be blocked with a vote expected in a Premier League meeting between shareholders on November 21.

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