Manchester United is reportedly interested in acquiring Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, as reported by The Mirror. However, Phillips may have reservations about switching teams due to his past as a player for Leeds United. Despite his £45 million transfer from Leeds to City in 2022, Phillips has faced difficulties in securing a regular place in Pep Guardiola’s lineup, featuring in only 16 league matches over the past year and a half. As rumors about his future circulate, several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, are contemplating making a bid for the English national player. United’s anticipated departure of Anthony Martial seems to be finally happening after much speculation. According to The Sun, the club has decided not to renew the striker’s contract, leaving him with the possibility of being sold during the upcoming January transfer window or leaving as a free agent in the summer. Although Manchester United has the option to extend Martial’s contract for another year, it appears highly probable that he will opt for a free transfer if he remains unsold by January. While Erik ten Hag had previously suggested a potential future for Martial at United, ongoing negotiations have not yielded any progress, making his departure now seem inevitable. Chelsea are said to be contemplating the potential departure of midfielder Conor Gallagher in order to generate funds for other aspects of their team. According to the Mail, Gallagher’s contract will expire in 18 months, and if talks for a contract extension do not progress, he may exit the club during the middle of the season. Given Chelsea’s difficulties adhering to Premier League financial regulations and their shortcomings in other areas of the team, certain individuals within the club believe that selling Gallagher would be a financially prudent decision.
Chelsea are currently in search of a fresh striker. According to The Telegraph, Chelsea is currently looking for a new striker and considering Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney as potential options. Manager Mauricio Pochettino intends to enhance his squad during the winter transfer window, although the club’s approach has not been finalized yet. Chelsea’s objective is to maintain a balance between incoming and outgoing transfers, so Pochettino will consult with the sporting directors regarding potential targets. While acquiring a prolific goalscorer and a commanding central defender are the main priorities for Chelsea, signing players like Osimhen or Toney might entail surpassing the club’s wage structure.