Aston Villa and Newcastle United appear to be the front-runners in the pursuit of Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips.
Leeds have one game left to ensure they remain in the Premier League, but it seems increasingly likely that they will lose key players regardless.
Kalvin Phillips may have played his last game at Elland Road in a Leeds shirt, as he helped the side to a 1-1 draw against Brighton yesterday.
Transfer speculation has been rife for the England midfielder ever since his first season under Marcelo Bielsa in the Championship, with the general consensus that he’s good enough for the very top of the football ladder.
That hasn’t slowed down since, with this summer looking like the time when he ends up leaving.
Football Insider are now reporting that the front-runners in the pursuit for him are bottom-half pair Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
Who goes down?
Manchester United are also said to be keen in this report, but are behind in the chase with the other two names already laying groundwork for an offer.
How much Leeds will command for the midfielder obviously depends on relegation, with Jesse Marsch’s side out of the bottom three by a point with a week to go.
For me, a move to another side outside of the running for a European place doesn’t make sense for Phillips.
It would be a brilliant signing for either of those clubs, but I don’t see how that sort of move benefits him, given he wouldn’t be much closer to playing in Europe, which he needs to very soon.
Both sides there need a holding midfielder and Phillips improves their chances of a top-half push, but by the time both are established in that half, he’s going to be touching 30.
Time will tell if a top club comes in for him, but it’s clear there won’t be a shortage of interest across the division.