Interest is growing in Leeds United central midfielder Kalvin Phillips this summer.
That’s according to a report by Tutto Juve (via Sport Witness), who claim that Juventus, as well as a host of clubs in England and across Europe, are stepping up their interest in the 25-year-old ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window.
It is claimed by the Italian outlet that Marcelo Bielsa’s side have set a €30m (£27m) asking price for the England international, although Sport Witness state that this figure appears to be far too low.
Regardless of the seemingly wayward asking price mentioned, the news that a club such as Juventus are believed to be interested in making a move for Phillips this summer is sure to leave Leeds United fans devastated.
Indeed, last season, the £27m-rated was one of the stars of the Whites’ highly impressive Premier League campaign, with the defensive midfielder scoring one goal, registering two assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.6 interceptions, 2.6 tackles, 1.2 key passes and winning 5.3 duels per game.
These returns saw the £35k-per-week man earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.21, ranking him as Bielsa’s best performer in the top flight of English football, playing a huge role in Leeds securing a ninth-place finish in the league.
As such, should the Whites lose the services of Phillips this summer, something that would appear to be a likely possibility if a side such as Juventus firmed up their interest with an offer for the midfielder, it would undoubtedly come as a massive blow for Bielsa and United, who will be looking to improve on their impressive league campaign next time out.
However, with no bid reported for the man whom Steve McClaren dubbed a “destroyer” lodged just yet, there is still hope for the Elland Road faithful that their star man will still be playing his football with the Whites next season.