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3 areas Leeds United simply must invest potential £60m windfall

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Leeds United could lose midfielder Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City for a fee of around £60million.

The Whites are in a tough spot when it comes to keeping hold of their two star players: Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

Two standout performers at the club were bound to attract interest and it looks as though, should he move, Phillips won’t be too far away.

It has been heavily reported that Manchester City are keen on the England international, while the Sun claim they are willing to pay up to £60million for his services.

A significant sum, we take a look at three areas of Jesse Marsch’s squad that must be invested in after receiving this money…

Defensive midfield

Quite obviously, the first port of call would be to add another defensive midfielder to the side after losing Phillips.

Not only do we have to ensure we have enough cover in the side, but losing arguably our best player means we need to attempt to find similar quality.

Bringing in someone as good as Phillips will be a nigh-on impossible task, but the club have pulled some great signings out of the bag so far since promotion.

One would expect that a lot of this windfall would be set aside to replace Phillips directly.

Would £60million be a fair price for Phillips?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Striker

Leeds’ next item on the agenda ought to be a striker, knowing how lacking in depth the side was when Patrick Bamford was absent.

It’s all well and good pointing to Gelhardt and Greenwood’s contributions, but relying on youth players to prop up your attack in a relegation scrap highlights just how poorly we dealt with Bamford’s injury in the January window.

If Leeds are to head in for a new striker, it ought to be someone who is guaranteed to come in and produce goals to help the side when Bamford isn’t the answer.

Having that competition for places will be healthy for all parties too.

Left-back

A backup goalkeeper could have been an option, but that is unlikely to eat too much into our budget this summer.

Meanwhile, we definitely need another option at left-back, whether that be a more youthful signing or an experienced one.

It’s fair to say that the popular opinion on Junior Firpo isn’t a favourable one, and a more assured option would be greatly appreciated.

That is especially considering Stuart Dallas is going to be out for the foreseeable future with his leg break, so even if Firpo starts, having backup will be useful.

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