According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa are preparing a £14m bid for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
The 23-year-old has been the subject of interest from Bournemouth and Norwich this summer, but now it seems that Villa will jump to the front of the queue for his signature as they are set to become the first team to make a formal offer.
Reliable journalist John Percy wrote this story for The Telegraph. He states that the Midlands club want to sign a new defensive midfielder after the departures of Mile Jedinak and Glenn Whelan, and Phillips fits the bill.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he is garnering interest from the top flight. He was exceptional last season, and his performances showed that he is worthy of playing football at the highest possible level.
One thing Leeds definitely can’t afford to do this summer is let their prized assets go for anything less than what they are worth.
Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani must continue to be strong when Premier League sides show interest in their talent, and letting Phillips go for just £14m after the season he has had would be a disservice to the club.
The defensive midfielder proved himself to be a player of the highest quality, and the Yorkshire outfit should hold out for at least £20m before they even consider selling their star man.
In Marcelo Bielsa’s system Phillips plays the most important role, and if Leeds let him go and don’t replace him adequately their promotion hopes will take a massive dent.