By Sam Stone

26th Jun, 2022 | 2:30pm

Fabrizio Romano: Manchester City and Leeds United paperwork ready as Kalvin Phillips exit nears

Leeds United and Manchester City have all the paperwork “ready to be signed” ahead of Kalvin Phillips’ move to the Etihad Stadium according to The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported on Friday 24 June that the two clubs have reached an agreement over a £42million move for the England international.

It now appears that the deal is set to be completed with paperwork now ready for the deal to be finalised.

Italian journalist Romano wrote via his personal Twitter account [26 June]: “Manchester City and Leeds have now all paperworks ready to be signed for Kalvin Phillips deal.

“Personal terms already agreed – Kalvin only wanted City move.

“City and Leeds are also closing on Darko Gyabi separated deal – he’s joining Leeds on a permanent move worth £5m.”

Emotional departure

Leeds fans have known for a long time that the England man has always been destined to leave Elland Road and absolutely no one can begrudge Phillips a move to the Etihad.

There is no doubting that he would’ve made himself a Leeds legend had he remained at the club for the duration of his career, but ultimately a footballer’s career is short and he has to test himself at the highest level.

It is good that he has made a move to a club that is a significant step up from Leeds United and not a sideways move to a West Ham or Newcastle for example.

An England international, who has featured in a European Championship final simply has to be playing for a top club that is playing Champions League football.

Phillips may not be a regular for City from the outset, but there is no doubt that his career will go from strength to strength under Pep Guardiola’s guidance at the Etihad.

He will go on to add some much-needed and thoroughly deserved silverware to his collection.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sell this player to an overseas club this summer.