Manchester City are open to loaning Kalvin Phillips out in the January transfer window and Juventus are interested in signing him as a replacement for Paul Pogba.

That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who say ‘consultations’ are underway on a move in the January window as the player looks to get out of the Etihad.

The newspaper explains that after Pogba was suspended due to a failed drugs test earlier this year, and Nicolo Fagioli was suspended for betting on football, the hunt is on for a new midfielder to bolster the squad.

‘Something is starting to move’ on one front and that is regarding Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips, who may be allowed to leave the Etihad temporarily.

Gazzetta say that there has been an ‘important signal’ from the Etihad indicating that Manchester City may be willing to let Phillips leave on loan, with the player keen on a move away after playing very little since his arrival at the club.

He wants out to try and get playing time elsewhere ahead of Euro 2024 and several clubs, and the same amount of emissaries, have ‘recently approached’ the player to further look into the situation further.

Juventus are one of the sides to ‘pay attention’ and ‘exploratory contacts’ between the two parties have now moved on to more ‘in-depth surveys’.

There is a belief that a deal between Manchester City and Juventus could suit all parties as Phillips would get the regular playing time he wants while City could avoid loaning him to a potential rival in the Premier League.

Any deal is dependent on the conditions that Manchester City would be willing to offer. Juventus would prefer a ‘dry loan’ until the summer transfer window when they’d potentially look at another deal for him.

Phillips would be interested in the move to Italy, though, and is well liked by those in charge at Juventus, who have now put him ‘in the fast lane’ compared to other potential midfield targets.