Leeds United will “demand full market value” from Manchester City for Kalvin Phillips with the champions set to make a bid, The Mirror reports.
Reports suggest that Arsenal are looking to take advantage of Barcelona’s inability to come up with the money for another Whites star, Raphinha.
In that context David Anderson writes: “Leeds are also braced for an approach from Manchester City for Kalvin Phillips and, unlike Barca, there is no doubt they have the cash to prise the England midfielder away.
“Again, Leeds will demand full market value of at least £60million for Phillips.”
Pep Guardiola has made the England international his top midfield target after Fernandinho left, and his side are reportedly willing to pay the minimum price [Mail].
There have been increasing suggestions that United would be willing to accept less, as The Athletic reported that the Citizens envisage paying between £45million and £50million, and the Yorkshire Evening Post‘s Graham Smyth says Leeds won’t ask for for “unrealistic sums” and the “likely price tag” was around £50million.
But it appears they are in fact ready to hold out for significantly more.
Anderson’s latest report should be reassuring to Whites fans who face the prospect of losing both their team’s biggest stars in one summer.
It is one thing to accept the inevitability of larger clubs taking the prized assets from Elland Road, considering the Whites’ current status.
But if they want to do so then they should pay what is required, and officials at the club have a duty to ensure they receive fair returns in order to preserve the future by funding replacements.
Their circumstances are not identical but considering West Ham appear to have successfully warned the biggest sides in England off Declan Rice by valuing him at £150million the idea that the Whites would take as little as £45million for Phillips seems an absolute steal.
As they contribute to the homegrown quota of squads in the top flight there has routinely been a premium on English players, which rightly or wrongly should push the price up as well.
If the boyhood Leeds fan wants to test himself at the highest level then it is probably fair that the club doesn’t stand in his way, but they are under no obligation to grease the wheels of a transfer by underselling him, especially to one of the richest clubs in the world.
In other Leeds United news, two clubs have made contact but a third is set to open the bidding for a key Elland Road player.