As of now, Phillips has struggled to compete for a regular spot at The Citizens following his acquisition in the summer of 2022. Injuries and intense competition in the midfield have limited his playing minutes.
In the current season, he has made appearances in only seven matches, totaling just 186 minutes on the pitch. He faces tough competition from players like Rodri, Bernardo Silva, and Mateo Kovacic, who are preferred choices for Pep Guardiola in the defensive midfield role.
This situation has opened the door for Phillips to seek a transfer in January. With Euro 2024 just months away, he needs to secure his place in the English national team.
Juventus is in need of a new midfielder, having lost Paul Pogba and Nicolo Fagioli due to off-field issues. Phillips is considered a suitable replacement, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
While Newcastle United has also shown interest, a move to Turin is deemed more ideal since Phillips would not be strengthening a domestic or Champions League rival. Juventus is currently absent from European competitions due to UEFA sanctions.
Given Juventus’ challenging financial situation, a loan option appears to be the most suitable. This arrangement could provide Bianconeri with a mid-season boost, while Manchester City can facilitate Phillips’ development by granting him more playing time. Whether this potential transfer materializes remains to be seen.