Reason why Barcelona exited the race for signing Kalvin Phillips

Manchester City signed a midfielder from Leeds United in 2022 for €49m, expecting him to bring a unique skill set as a defensive midfielder.

Barcelona Exit Race For Signing Kalvin Phillips
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In the summer of 2022, Manchester City acquired the midfielder from Leeds United for a reported sum of €49m, envisioning him as a defensive midfielder with a distinct skill set compared to Rodri. Unfortunately, injuries and a lack of playing rhythm have resulted in his underutilization. While there were previous reports of Barcelona expressing interest in Phillips, Fabrizio Romano has now clarified that the Catalan club has withdrawn from pursuing him. Instead, West Ham is on the verge of finalizing a loan deal for the English international.

Romano attributes Barcelona’s decision to retract from the deal to financial constraints and wage limit issues within the La Liga outfit. Even a loan move for Phillips was deemed beyond the club’s financial capacity, prompting them to exit the race for his signature. Xavi addressed the situation during a press conference on Wednesday, acknowledging the challenges faced by the club due to financial constraints but expressing determination to compete.

As David Moyes seeks reinforcements for his squad in the winter transfer window, the 28-year-old Phillips is strongly linked to a loan move to West Ham. Manchester City’s next match is scheduled against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday, January 26.

Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips

Defender, Midfielder


Age: 29

179 cm

72 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 12 26 Missed
Minutes 396 33.0 Avg
Goals 0 0.0 Avg
Assist 0 0.0 Avg
Attempt 8 0.7 Avg
Passes 233 19.479.6% AvgSucc
Yellow 2 0.2 Avg
Red 1 0.1 Avg

This season he played in total 4 times for 89 minutes for Premier League.

Kalvin Phillips didn’t score any goal for Manchester City. He procured no assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Premier League. In the last match Manchester City won 3-2 against Newcastle United. The next match in Premier League will be against Burnley.

Manchester City performance and stats

Manchester City

Manager: Josep Guardiola
Rank 1st
Win 27
Draw 7
Loss 3
Goals 93-33
Diff 60

Manchester City is currently 2nd in the Premier League with 43 points.

In the last 20 games, it has won 13 times, drawn 4 times, and lost 3 times. In its last match, Manchester City won 2-3 against Newcastle United.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 48 goals and conceding 23.​

Manchester City will play the next match in Premier League against Burnley on Wednesday 31st of January in Manchester.​

FC Barcelona performance and stats

FC Barcelona

Manager: Xavi
Rank 2nd
Win 23
Draw 7
Loss 5
Goals 72-43
Diff 29
Rank 1st
Win 4
Draw 0
Loss 2
Goals 12-6
Diff 6

FC Barcelona will play the next match in Copa Del Rey against Athletic Club on Wednesday 24th of January in Bilbao. The prediction is FC Barcelona winning the match.​