Manchester City have a track record when it comes to signing English players from fellow Premier League clubs.
Players such as Kyle Walker, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish have all made moves to the Etihad Stadium from other top-flight sides in recent years.
Looking ahead to the upcoming summer transfer window, it seems as though the Manchester club could be looking to add another English talent to their ranks.
According to a recent report from the Daily Star, City and Pep Guardiola have identified Leeds United midfielder, Kalvin Phillips, as a potential summer transfer target.
As a product of Leeds’ youth academy, the midfielder has gone on to make 233 senior appearances for the Yorkshire club across all competitions, scoring 14 goals and providing 13 assists along the way.
With current City midfielder, Fernandinho, set to leave the club in the summer, it’s easy to see why the club would be looking to bring in a player like Phillips to potentially come in and replace their departing Brazilian.
To put the two players under the spotlight, there’s an argument to be made that the England international could be a better option for City in terms of being a defensive-minded midfield player.
With 19 appearances in the Premier League to his name compared to the 37-year-old’s 18, Phillips has racked up considerably more tackles, interceptions, pressures, blocks and clearances than the City veteran.
This shows how much the Leeds star could make City a stronger and tougher team to play against.
Despite having a rather hefty reported transfer fee of £60m, Phillips could be a great addition to City’s ranks, following in the footsteps of some of his other international teammates that have joined and won trophies at the Manchester club.
Having already secured a deal to sign Erling Haaland, moving onto Phillips to help strengthen their midfield and wrap up a suitable replacement for Fernandinho would be the ideal next step for City in terms of their summer transfer business.