The Verdict: Should Leeds accept Wolves’ swap deal?

Kalvin Phillips hasn’t been short of Premier League interest this summer with Aston Villa, Norwich and Bournemouth reportedly all interested in the midfielder, but the most interesting proposal that is on the table for their star man is from Wolves.

The Midlands club have tried to use the Whites’ interest in Helder Costa to leverage a deal for the 23-year-old by offering him as part of a swap deal.

Football Insider report that the Winger could end up at Elland Road if Phillips goes the other way, but would that be a good deal for Leeds?

They would be getting a top class Championship player in the shape of the 25-year-old, and his value could skyrocket under the tutelage of Leeds’ manager.

Whereas Costa has a 100% track record in the second division, Phillips looked like an average player before Bielsa arrived at Elland Road.

Andrea Radrizzani certainly has a lot to think about when considering this deal, and Football FanCast’s writers have had their say as to whether it would be a good move for the Yorkshire club.

Matt Dawson

“Kalvin Phillips had an excellent season but if there’s a chance they can get Helder Costa through the door as part of the deal then they’d strike gold. Phillips isn’t someone who’s going to win you a game, whereas, Costa is. The Portuguese showed on a regular basis for Wolves in the Championship that he’s capable of being a match-winner and it’s those types of players Marcelo Bielsa will need if Leeds are to get promoted.”

Harry Sherlock

“Phillips is vital to the way Leeds play. He’s been absolutely excellent in recent months and, really, deserves to be playing in the Premier League. He’ll be key to their push for promotion next season, though, and selling him on makes no sense at this stage. Leeds need to keep the core of their starting XI and just sprinkle some stardust on top. If Helder Costa arrives and Phillips stays, that’s a fantastic deal. If Phillips goes, it’s an appallingly short-sighted one.”

James Beavis

“Absolutely not, and he should be untouchable. Whatever they do, Leeds must not cave in and sell a quality player this summer who is so, so important to them and Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play. If the Whites really want to go up automatically next season they then need him in their starting XI, and it’s hardly as though Helder Costa is a player worth the swap deal. Yes, he is a good attacker, but the Yorkshire outfit could find someone similar to him in the market. That same task would be a lot more difficult in terms of a replacement for Phillips if they did let him go.”

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