Manchester United are not Leeds United’s biggest Kalvin Phillips transfer worry

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The likelihood of Leeds United being subject to a bidding war over Kalvin Phillips seems fanciful.

The Whites midfielder star has done plenty to justify the reported interest of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool in the last 18 months.

The 25-year-old’s stock is at an all-time high, fresh from his exploits with England in the European Championships.

Those performances saw the Leeds star named his country’s Player of the Year, capping a marvellous 12 months which saw him lead his boyhood club back to the Premier League.

The message from Phillips‘ camp amid the inevitable paper talk was clear; his immediate future is at Leeds United.

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For a Leeds lad that grew up with trips to Elland Road as a Saturday ritual, putting his boyhood club in an uncomfortable position is simply not an option.

Leeds are ambitious. Owner Andrea Radrizzani has already laid out his plans to entertain European football in a repurposed Elland Road within the next three years. They have one of the most unique coaches in the Premier League at the helm and Phillips is adored by his own people.

Realistically, there is only one club in England that pose a threat to Leeds and that is Manchester City. The Premier League champions were credited with an interest in Phillips last summer but a move never materialised.

Manchester United is very unlikely to be an option for Phillips, regardless of the finances involved. Whilst a huge club in their own right, would he risk jeopardising the relationship with his own supporters for a team that is far from the finished article? Unlikely.

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That’s before you even consider the internal politics of any transfer. It feels like a non-starter, though you never say never in football.

Liverpool, by contrast, would be a much easier move to stomach. They, though, lack the financial muscle of United or City and have just recently tied Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to new contracts. There’s little room at the inn, even if they could afford it.

That leaves Man City, who have shown they are not averse to buying British. Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Kyle Walker make up the English core, all recruited since Guardiola arrived. Not to mention the GBP100million splashed out on Jack Grealish.

Then factor in their current options. Fernandinho is now 36 and beginning to show his age after years of defying father time. Rodri has yet to seriously prove he has the aggression to match his obvious technical quality in that position.

As with Grealish in the summer, the allure of Pep Guardiola, Champions League football and Premier League title could be the only thing that would see Phillips ask to leave Elland Road.

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