According to The Sun, Wolves, Sheffield United and Burnley are interested in signing Leeds star Kalvin Phillips.
The Englishman has enjoyed a superb campaign under Marcelo Bielsa, scoring a goal and grabbing two assists in 30 Championship starts to help the Yorkshire-based outfit to second-place in the Championship.
The report states that Sheffield United will attempt to lure Phillips to Bramall Lane if they qualify for Europe – the Blades are currently just four points off the Champions League positions with 40 points to their name.
However, if the 24-year-old ends up at Molineux instead, he would be an ideal successor for one Wolves hero.
The 121-cap Portugal international has made 25 Premier League starts for Nuno Espirito Santo’s this term, notching one goal – an excellent freekick against Bournemouth – while also grabbing an impressive six assists.
Significantly, despite his age, the 33-year-old still manages to get about the park a fair bit, registering 2.7 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per 90 minutes in the Premier League – the former Porto man also record 2.2 key passes per game.
Interestingly, Phillips records similar numbers in the Championship while playing in the same position as Moutinho.
The Leeds No.23 records 2.8 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game, while also making 1.9 key passes per 90 minutes.
It goes without saying that the Premier League is the more challenging division as it is of higher quality, although Phillips’ efforts shouldn’t be in vain up against Moutinho – if anything, their similarities in sitting ahead of the defence and spraying passes around the park are eerily comparable.
It must also be noted that the Leeds playmaker is nine years younger than the experienced European Championship winner, so he could well play heir to Moutinho’s throne at Molineux should he eventually move to the Midlands.
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