According to Football Insider, Wolves want to use Leeds’ interest in Helder Costa as a way to bring Kalvin Phillips to Molineux.
The 23-year-old has been the subject of interest from Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Norwich this summer, but now Wolves have shown an interest, and they may be set to make a very interesting proposition to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
It’s been no secret that Leeds are interested in Helder Costa as Bielsa has prioritised strengthening the wide areas heading into next season.
A loan deal was initially rumoured, and a move could be on the cards with Phillips moving in the other direction.
Football Insider have reported that the Midlands club are willing to let Costa join Leeds in order to bring the defensive midfielder to the club, but it is currently unknown whether that would be on a season-long loan or on a permanent basis.
This report was published just hours before it was revealed that Aston Villa were readying a £14m offer for the Englishman.
If both clubs come in with their reported offers, then the Whites will have a lot to think about, but allowing Phillips to join Nuno Santo’s side would be the better option for the Whites if they get Costa in return on a permanent deal.
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 proven that he is of top Championship quality during both seasons he spent in the division, Phillips has only had one term where he has excelled. And if the influence of Bielsa is taken away from him, then he might revert back to the player he was before the Argentine arrived in Yorkshire.