Transfer Focus: Leeds must command a much higher fee for Kalvin Phillips

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is the subject of interest from Norwich City.

The Championship star has been expected to garner Premier League attention after the incredible season he has had at Elland Road, and now it seems that the wheels may be in motion for him to play top-flight football next season.

A big miss

Phillips would be missed massively by Marcelo Bielsa if he were to swap Yorkshire for East Anglia.

The midfield general was pivotal in the Whites’ promotion push last season. He occupied one of the most critical roles in Bielsa’s system, and he showed a remarkable improvement while playing under the Argentine.

The 23-year-old’s industrious work in the middle of the park couldn’t have gone unnoticed for very long, and now he could be set for his chance in the Premier League.

It isn’t just Norwich who are interested; Newcastle and Bournemouth have both been keeping an eye on him, and perhaps Leeds should look to sell to one of those sides rather than the Canaries.

Command a higher fee

The Daily Mail states that Norwich are preparing a £12 million bid for the Whites’ star man, but it would be foolish for the Yorkshire club even to consider that offer.

Just last week Lloyd Kelly joined Bournemouth for £13 million, and last year we saw James Maddison and Adama Traore command fees close to or above £20 million.

Phillips deserves to be sold for a much higher price, not only because of his talent but because of what his departure would mean for Leeds.

If the 23-year-old left Elland Road the Whites wouldn’t only be losing their defensive midfielder, they would also be losing their backup centre-back.

Phillips has often dropped back into defence when it has been required, and if he were to leave the club, they may have to sign two players of high quality to replace their departing man.

Therefore, Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani must hold out for a higher offer for the youngster.