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Leeds: Phil Hay drops worrying update on Kalvin Phillips future

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is set to be the subject of a transfer bid this summer, according to reliable reports…

What’s the word?

The Athletic’s Phil Hay dropped a recent, and worrying, update to his recent podcast this week, where he claimed:

“Our Manchester United lads have been wanting to write about Phillips and it should be written about because there is a lot of noise in Manchester about this.

“The prevailing view seems to be that Manchester United might well bid for him this summer.”

Indeed, there have been suggestions that the Red Devils’ long-term interest in the England powerhouse could finally result in a formal offer as a new midfielder has become something of a priority at Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba one of many likely to leave on a free transfer.

Sources have told The Athletic that Ralf Rangnick’s side are exploring a deal in the region of £50m, though there is yet to be direct contact between United and Leeds.

Bad news for Marsch

With the Yorkshire outfit battling it out in a Premier League relegation dogfight right now, this is the last thing that manager Jesse Marsch needs to hear and it’ll only continue to trouble him heading into next season, regardless of the division.

Leeds are sat in the final safety spot, five points ahead of Everton, so it seems as if their worries could drag out until the end of the season.

If they do remain in the big time, then the American will surely want to keep players like Phillips around, one of the few shining lights whenever he has played.

Will Kalvin Phillips leave Leeds this summer?

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The 26-year-old missed a large chunk of the season and Leeds paid for it, losing ten of 14 games without him in the squad.

Raphinha is another player that has been linked with an exit this off-season, so Marsch absolutely cannot afford to lose his enigmatic anchorman either. He currently amongst the top players for tackles (2.6), interceptions (1.2) and long balls (three) per game, via WhoScored.

Robbie Keane recently emphasised the importance of Phillips to the team, he told Sky Sports Monday Night Football (via LeedsLive):

“He’s the protector. He can protect the back four. He’s the one that starts the build-up. [He’s a ] Top player.

“To have him back at this stage of the season, him and [Liam] Cooper, big characters in the dressing room. He’s proven how vital he is to Leeds. They’re certainly going to need them if they are going to stay up.”

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He is currently the club-record signing...

Therefore, this latest claim from one of the most reliable sources when it comes to all things Leeds is certainly going to leave Marsch worried at night, heading into what will surely be a major summer of business for the club.

AND in other news, 78% duels lost: Leeds’ “woeful” £55k-p/w liability drops another disasterclass vs City

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