Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing the Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips at the end of this season.
According to an exclusive from Daily Star, the Premier League giants have moved on from Declan Rice because of West Ham United’s asking price and they are now focused on signing his England teammate instead.
Apparently, Rice is valued at £90 million and the Old Trafford hierarchy are not convinced that he is worth that much.
Phillips has been an excellent player for Leeds since their promotion from the Premier League. At 25, the 25-year-old has become a top defensive midfielder in the country.
The Leeds star was an exceptional player for his country at the European Championships earlier this year and it is clear that he has the talent to play for Manchester United.
Kalvin Phillips’ stats at Euro 2020:
1️⃣ Most pressures at Euro 2020 (229)
2️⃣ Ranked second for most distance covered at Euro 2020 (83.0km)
3️⃣ Joint-third for most ball recoveries at Euro 2020 (45) pic.twitter.com/CuV2ONPnJ1
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Phillips is yet to reach his peak and a move the Old Trafford could help him improve further.
A player of his calibre deserves to play in the Champions League and he is unlikely to get that opportunity with Leeds anytime soon.
The England international has clearly outgrown Leeds, and he must take a step up his career.
Manchester United is in dire need of a defensive midfielder. Phillips would be a huge upgrade over Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.
Phillips, 25, is settled in the Premier League and could make an immediate impact at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have a long history of signing quality Leeds players. It remains to see if Phillips will be able to join Eric Cantona (Alan Smith), Rio Ferdinand and others in moving to Old Trafford.
Phillips’ signing will strengthen the Manchester United midfield, and he will also improve their defensive play. Phillips is a skilled Leeds midfielder who can protect the back four. His defensive contributions will allow creative players more freedom.
Phillips is not only a good defender, but he is also a great pusher. He will add aggression and work rate into the Manchester United midfield.
Leeds is not under pressure to sell the midfielder yet, and Manchester United may have to offer a lucrative deal to tempt their Premier League counterparts.