EXCL: West Ham's alternatives to Smith Rowe, more potential Arsenal exits, Trippier says yes to Newcastle exit, Spurs working on wonderkid deal, and more
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Latest on the uncertainty surrounding Kalvin Phillips and Emile Smith Rowe
I’ve had some questions about Kalvin Phillips and Barcelona in recent days, but from what I understand Barca have never contacted Manchester City for Kalvin Phillips. Things can change quickly, especially towards the end of January, but as of today there are no negotiations and it’s not something close or concrete.
As previously reported, it’s not a cheap loan for Phillips - this is why Juventus decided to leave the conversations as they felt it was too expensive, and this is also why English clubs like Newcastle are not so convinced about the deal. Phillips is appreciated, but there is a loan fee and salary coverage, so it’s an expensive deal. Newcastle are also one of multiple clubs appreciating Everton’s Amadou Onana, but he’s very expensive and not an easy target. Financial Fair Play limitations make it very difficult for Newcastle, so let’s see what happens in the summer.
Keep an eye on West Ham, though, as they keep pushing on that deal and they keep hoping Phillips will decide soon, but it’s not easy.