Man United still have eyes on Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips.
Although Manchester United filled many needs over the summer, one position that was somewhat neglected was central midfield.
For all their strengths, the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred have genuine weaknesses that can be exposed. It seems as though the opposition are starting to truly figure that out, while our belief that further investment in midfielders is required.
One name that has been mentioned as a possible candidate in the past is Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips.
Now, that interest is hitting the headlines again. This time, the story comes from the Daily Star. Apparently, Liverpool have joined the Red Devils in the race to acquire the Leeds United star.
United remain ‘keen’ on signing the 25-year-old, while a price-tag of £60m has been identified as a sticking point. It’s also added that the holding midfield position is now a priority for Solskjaer and the Old Trafford club.
Understandably, Leeds United are trying to do their utmost to keep the Englishman at Elland Road, having opened contract talks with the Three Lions star in a bid to convince him to stick around.
The problem here? Phillips, like most Leeds fans, has a certain hatred towards United. The article claims he’d rather switch to Liverpool, assuming that remains an option.
For me, the question mark remains the same. Is Phillips really a major upgrade on Scott McTominay? Better than the Scotland international? Probably. But £60m better? I’m not convinced.
Plus, if Phillips’ heart isn’t fully in it, then I see no value in spending big to bring him in. Surely there are other options in that holding midfield role who can do just as good of a job? Wilfred Ndidi from Leicester City immediately springs to my mind…
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