Kalvin Phillips is aware of interest from Premier League giants including Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur with Leeds United hoping to tie the England international down to a new contract, as reported by TEAMtalk.
The so-called ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ has missed eight games since Leeds made their long-awaited return to the big time in September 2020.
The fact the Whites have lost all eight – including a 5-1 thumping at Manchester United and heavy defeats to Leicester City, Aston Villa and Brighton and Hove Albion – speaks volumes about Phillips’ importance to the Bielsa blueprint.
The England international is the glue that holds Leeds together. Without him, things fall apart.
Bielsa deserves massive credit – and a bronze, bucket-perching statue outside Elland Road – for constructing a side far greater than the sum of its parts.
But if there’s one irreplaceable member of this Leeds squad, it’s their tempo-setting, string-pulling, play-making number 23.
So, with TEAMtalk reporting Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and even bitter rivals Manchester United are keeping tabs on Phillips, no-one will be surprised to learn Leeds are looking to rubber-stamp a new contract – one that could make the Euro 2020 finalist the highest-paid player in Bielsa’s squad.
Should an agreement be reached, Phillips would take home more than the £100,000 a week earned by Spain international Rodrigo Moreno (The Times).
Will Kalvin Phillips sign a new Leeds contract as Liverpool lurk?
It’s believed Leeds and Phillips are aware of interest from elsewhere in the Premier League.
And if anyone deserves a pay rise, it’s a man who made his debut in that iconic white shirt in 2015, when a Leeds side coached by Neil Redfearn and containing Scott Wootton, Luke Murphy and Mirko Antenucci lost 4-3 to Wolverhampton Wanderers, falling to 14th in the Championship table.
It’s not certain how much Leeds would demand for Phillips should Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United, for instance, come calling.
But when you consider they wanted £30 million for him in 2019 – when Aston Villa tried to sign a man who hadn’t even kicked a ball in the Premier League – you’d imagine you wouldn’t get much change out of £80 million for Phillips these days (Sun).