Football rumours: Leeds hopeful of staving off City interest in Kalvin Phillips

Pep Guardiola has reportedly prioritised finding the Premier League champions a replacement for Fernandinho.

By Press Association Published: 2 June 2022 - 6.20am

What the papers say

Leeds reportedly remain hopeful of retaining midfielder Kalvin Phillips, in the face of strong interest from Manchester City. According to The Sun, Pep Guardiola has prioritised finding the Premier League champions a replacement for Fernandinho, with Phillips a leading contender to fill the vacancy. However, Leeds bosses are considered to be quietly optimistic of hanging on to the 26-year-old after the side managed to avoid relegation on the final day of the season.

The same paper also says Wolves are nearing a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha. The 26-year-old has reportedly agreed to terms on a long-term contract worth around £20m, with Wolves boss Bruno Lage believed to be a huge admirer of the Portugal international.

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Burnley’s James Tarkowski (Martin Rickett/PA)

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