Everton may have boosted Kalvin Phillips transfer hopes after Fabrizio Romano drops Juventus update

Everton are expected to be one of the quieter Premier League clubs during this year’s January transfer window, but that won’t stop the Toffees from adding to their side if possible.

 

Sean Dyche’s side have found themselves hovering only one point above the relegation zone after 20 games of the season, having been deducted 10 points when an independent commission found them guilty of breaching profit and sustainability rules.

 

While there may not be much money to spend at Goodison Park this month, Dyche needs new options through the door if possible and one name that has been repeatedly linked with the switch to Merseyside is Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reports from The Telegraph (27 December) suggested that Newcastle were keen to sign the England international on a loan deal until the end of the season, but were aware of competition from Crystal Palace, Everton and Juventus.

 

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Since that report was published, one team has fallen out of the race for the 28-year-old signature with Fabrizio Romano revealing that Italian giants Juventus do not intend to continue to pursue Phillips this January.

 

Writing on his X account on Sunday (7 January) he said: “Juventus have no intention to proceed for Kalvin Phillips deal at current conditions after talks with Manchester City on loan fee and salary coverage.

 

Newcastle remain interested, race open to more clubs.”

 

Should Everton remain keen on signing the out-of-favour Manchester City man, they will have just received a huge boost to their chances as Juventus had seemed like the most likely destination for the 28-year-old this month.

 

 

The only cause for concern for those at Goodison Park is whether or not the Toffees would be able to afford Phillips’ loan fee or wages.

 

Everton have their own financial problems at the moment and if Juventus are unable to match City’s asking price, could the Toffees?

 

Newcastle themselves are being forced to navigate financial fair play rules so they may not be able to match City’s requirements.

 

Pep Guardiola may also be reluctant to give a rival near the top of the table one of his players for the second half of the season

 

Regardless of whether or not Everton will make a move for the Englishman this January, the race is well and truly on for his signature.

 

Judging by reports, the Toffees are well and truly in that race and one of their biggest competitors has already fallen away.

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