Leeds United stance on Kalvin Phillips amid Manchester United transfer interest

Kalvin Phillips is wanted by Man United and the player is open to leaving Leeds United after a breakthrough Euros with England.

Leeds United are hopeful of keeping midfielder Kalvin Phillips for one more year despite Manchester United’s interest.

The Manchester Evening News revealed two weeks ago United are working on a deal for Phillips, 26, as they have prioritised a defensive midfield signing.

Sources say Leeds believe interested clubs will be reluctant to meet Phillips’s valuation of around £60million after a season where he missed three-and-a-half months with a hamstring injury. West Ham and Aston Villa are also interested in Phillips, who made his first start since December 5 in the goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Leeds are planning for next season on the basis Phillips will be in their squad but are resigned to the England international eventually leaving.

Phillips is about to switch agents with the intention of securing a transfer after an impressive European Championship last summer. Phillips started in all seven of England’s matches en route to the final.

Phillips is contracted to Leeds until 2024 and discussions over a renewal have become protracted. Although Phillips is a boyhood Leeds fan, United have attracted a number of Leeds players in several high-profile transfers.

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