While the Premier League returns this weekend, it’s difficult to overlook the January transfer market.
Clearly, Newcastle United’s performance up to that point will likely decide how active the club is in the summer market. However, external circumstances may also have a role.
With that in mind, Newcastle are being linked with a large number of midfielders and Kalvin Phillips of Manchester City is consistently touted as a target.
Now, plans to sign him have seemingly been accelerated.
Newcastle transfer news: Dan Ashworth in Kalvin Phillips meeting
Because, according to TEAMtalk, Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth is already hard at work.
According to them, the club is actively looking for cover for Tonali, and Ashworth is spearheading the effort to add immediate reinforcement.
According to their sources, City is anxious to offload his £150,000-per-week salary, and a transaction would be very simple to carry off if all parties could agree on a solution.
Kalvin Phillips: Why Newcastle transfer makes sense
Phillips has already shown himself in the Premier League, and there is little shame in failing to break into the City team given Rodri’s near-omnipotent presence, perhaps the best player in the world at his position.
The £42 million midfielder, dubbed “phenomenal” by England teammate Kieran Trippier, has not become a horrible player overnight.
For him, the opportunity to join a Champions League team that lacks a natural No.6 makes perfect sense. With Euro 2024 on the horizon, it appears to be an excellent career move at a critical juncture.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old is a reasonable target for Newcastle. Even before the Tonali announcement, there was an acknowledgement that Bruno Guimaraes was playing out of position in a deeper spot, so signing a more traditional option there might free him to move forward.
Getting an England international in during the famously difficult January window would be logical business.