Kevin De Bruyne's Man City stance as Pep Guardiola faces transfer dilemma

Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City after the team's defeat in the Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.
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The celebrations have now finished after a record-breaking season as eyes start to turn to the preparations for the new campaign.

For Manchester City, the concentration will be on extending their time as Premier League Champions to a fifth year. They will again look to improve their squad in the upcoming transfer window to try and do that.

As with any summer, there could be both incomings and outgoings with names already linked with a move to the club. The transfer window officially opens on June 14, with clubs around the world vying for the best talent available.

So there’s no surprise there is a lot of talk in the media around City. Here is some of the latest with our own perspective added in.

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De Bruyne contract stance

Kevin De Bruyne is of interest to clubs in Saudi Arabia this summer, but is ‘open’ to extending his current contract at City, according to the Times.

The midfielder has been a key player in City’s dominance under Pep Guardiola over the last few weeks. His current deal is due to expire at the end of next season.

A hamstring problem did see him reduced to just 15 starts in the Premier League this season. He still however managed four goals and 10 assists.

MEN Sport says: De Bruyne will be hoping to put the injury problems behind him next season which will be ominous for the clubs attempting to dethrone City. The midfielder is not keen on a move to the Saudi Pro League.

That is only good news for City. He has been a difference-maker in numerous games since his move to the Etihad Stadium in 2015, and that looks set to still be the case for at least another year.

Kalvin Phillips dilemma

City have lost another potential suitor for Kalvin Phillips this summer, following Leeds United’s failure to earn promotion back to the Premier League.

The Whites took on Southampton at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Adam Armstrong’s goal was the difference between the two sides. That result triggered Taylor Harwood-Bellis’ permanent move to the Saints.

But it also had another impact on City’s transfers. Leeds are one of the clubs who have been linked with Phillips, but the Mirror reports that their failure to earn promotion ends their chances of re-signing the midfielder from City this summer, despite him being in attendance at Wembley.

MEN Sport says: It’s best for Phillips if he moves on this summer as he looks to resurrect his career. His disastrous loan spell at West Ham in the second part of the season means it’s unlikely that the Hammers will seek a permanent deal.

A return to Leeds, where his performances earned him a call-up to the England squad and prompted City to make a move, may have been a good move for all parties. But now that option is off the table, the search for a good fit continues.

Phillips needs somewhere where he will play regularly to regain the player that City saw when completing the transfer. If that is in the Premier League or overseas is still to be seen