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According to a report in Football Insider, Man City are trying really hard to get rid of Kalvin Phillips this month amidst interest from several major Premier League clubs.

Newcastle United have been long-term admirers of the English midfielder and recently, clubs like West Ham United and Tottenham have shown an interest in signing the ex-Leeds United man.

Pep Guardiola has already green lighted Phillips’ exit and while City would like to send him out on a permanent deal, they won’t mind getting rid of him on a short-term loan contract until the end of this season.

Kalvin Phillips is eager to move out of the Etihad Stadium to get more minutes under his belt but his current loan fee is proving to be an obstacle for several clubs.

Journalist Ed Aarons has updated that the midfielder’s entourage is in talks with Manchester City to reduce the loan fee.

Aarons wrote on X: “Understand that Kalvin Phillips’ agents are negotiating with Manchester City over the size of the loan fee for the England midfielder. Several clubs including Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Ham are interested but unwilling to pay £6m wanted by City.”

Along with the £6 million loan fee, his wages of £ 140,000 a week are proving to be an issue for clubs like Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and West Ham United.

Tottenham are yet to make a concrete decision but because of their current midfield crisis, the North London club might agree to meet Man City’s demands.

Last summer, Man City were demanding £7 million for a season-long loan deal which was a much more feasible option as compared to their current demands which stand at around £10 million(loan fee plus wages) for five months.

Manchester City have no use of Kalvin Phillips but if they want to get rid of the midfielder, they will have to lower their demands because apart from Tottenham, no other club can afford to pay such a steep price for just a couple of months.

The 28-year-old has played in just 31 games across all competitions since joining MCFC in 2022 and this season, he’s played just 89 minutes of league football. And there’s no way a mid-table EPL team will be willing to pay £10 million for such a midfielder.