Leeds United battle to keep hold of Kalvin Phillips
Leeds United are expecting a flurry of potential suitors for the signature of Kalvin Phillips during the January transfer window, with Middlesbrough, Villa and Southampton all expected to table bids for the player as soon as the transfer window has reopened. Phillips has caught the eye so far this season at the heart of the Elland Road outfit’s defence and the 23-year-old could depart for a fee of around 16 million GBP.
The talented midfielder, who can also operate as a defender, has been with Leeds since 2014 and has appeared in over 140 games for his club since bursting on to the scene as an 18 year old.
The Leeds-born youngster has been an important part of the rejuvenation programme under manager Marcelo Bielsa and the defensive midfielder is held in very high regard by the Argentine coach, who labelled Phillips for his similarities to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo. The club’s fans have even nicknamed the starlet “The Yorkshire Pirlo”.
Aston Villa were busy during the transfer summer window but one area the club are still ready to bolster their ranks within is in defensive midfield, where Phillips would certainly be a welcome addition.
Phillips was a member of the EFL Team of the Season last year and is on course to yet again feature, as Leeds United push on for Premier League promotion opportunities. It is understood that enormous funds received from the shirt deal agreed with W88 will help to fund a deal for Phillips, and that Villa remain in pole position to secure his coveted signature.
Southampton are also in the race, whilst fellow Championship side Middlesbrough have also expressed interest in acquiring the defensive midfielder.