Leeds United will only consider selling Kalvin Phillips to Aston Villa for a fee in the region of £30million, according to journalist David Anderson.
The newly-promoted Premier League side have reportedly made an offer in the region of £11million for Phillips’ services, but that offer will need to be increased by around £19million if Leeds are to do business.
Dean Smith has already delved into the Championship for recruits this window, with Villa completing deals this summer for Smith’s former Brentford pair Jota and Ezri Konsa.
He is now reportedly keen on securing Phillips’ services to bolster his side’s midfield options, which currently include the likes of John McGinn, Jack Grealish and Conor Hourihane.
Phillips was a key figure in Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season, making a total of 46 appearances as Leeds finished third in the Championship table before reaching the play-off semi-finals.
This is a bold move from Leeds, and their determination to retain Phillips is a further statement of their intent to engineer another promotion push next term.
Leeds have already shown they are keen to raise transfer funds through player sales this summer, but this price tag represents the importance of Phillips to Bielsa’s side.
Furthermore, he Whites have already sold Pontus Jansson and Jack Clarke this summer and this will have contributed to their reluctancy to sell another of their big-name players.
I can’t see Villa increasingly their initial £11million offer so significantly so I think it would be safe to say that Phillips is staying at Elland Road this summer, as long as he doesn’t hand in a transfer request.