Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips’ exit from Elland Road ‘is on the move’, reporter says Tom Young.
The Lowdown: Rumors of the Town
Phillips has been heavily linked with an Elland Road exit since the start of the year, with Aston Villa, Newcastle United and West Ham all showing interest – the Hammers even saw a bid rejected in January.
Manchester City joined the race more recently as they would now have Phillips at the top of their list to replace Fernandinho and believe the England international has the perfect profile to fit into the Etihad Stadium.
Phillips was in the process of changing agents in April so his future is uncertain but it looks like the Premier League champions have started working on a potential deal.
The Latest: Journalist Update
Writing on Twitter, VAVEL’s Etihad editor Young shared an update “on Phillips” on Wednesday afternoon.
Responding to a City fan, Young claimed a potential transfer was now “on the way”, although there was still a “way to go” in terms of a deal.
No insurance on Phillips. I understand it’s on the move, but there’s still a long way to go.
Cucurella looks more likely with every passing minute.
The window outlook changes depending on who is leaving, but as far as the current squad goes, IF we add the aforementioned two, then it’s a good one.
—Tom Young (@TomYoungSJ) June 1, 2022
Verdict: A concern…
With Leeds securing their Premier League status on the final day, you get the feeling that Phillips will stay at the club or join Pep Guardiola’s squad for the next few months.
Will Phillips be a Leeds player next season?
No, I think he will leave
A move to Villa, Newcastle or West Ham might have been an option if the club were relegated, but the local boy will surely only want to leave for a serious upgrade, so it’s worrying to know that City are well and truly in. for the childhood white fan.
Phillips could triple his current salary at Elland Road at the Etihad, work under one of the best managers in the world and play Champions League football. All of the above is hugely tempting for any player, so Leeds may struggle to keep hold of their star midfielder with transfer work in progress.
In other news: Victor Orta has now scouted 5.6 miles away from Leeds’ ‘quality’ target stadium dubbed the ‘new Drogba’.