United are keen to sign the England international in the upcoming transfer windows.
Manchester United would reportedly have to pay £ 60m if they were to sign Kalvin Phillips from bitter rivals Leeds United. United are targeting a defensive midfielder in their upcoming transfer windows and have reportedly identified Phillips as the perfect man for the job.
The Old Trafford Club splashed out the cash this summer, spending around £ 120 million to bring on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
But despite the conspicuous transfer window, the club still has some glaring weaknesses that have been uncovered in the last few games.
United have lost three of their last four games in all competitions, with losses to Young Boys, West Ham and Aston Villa putting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure.
The fans have long been calling for reinforcement in the holding midfield, where Solskjaer can currently fall back on Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.
The club have previously been linked to West Ham star Declan Rice but, according to the Daily Star, Ed Woodward is concerned about the Hammers’ £ 90m valuation of the England international.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham is another option but United would face stiff competition from Liverpool for the 18-year-old.
That has therefore led United to label Phillips as their “preferred alternative” as he is under contract in Leeds until 2024 and is valued by the club at around £ 60million.
Phillips is very attached to his hometown club and reportedly would be reluctant to leave if United made an offer for his services.
However, fears Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa could leave Elland Road by the end of this season and the chance to play in the Champions League could be an important factor for his future.
Phillips has seen a meteoric rise last year after Leeds were promoted to the Premier League.
The 25-year-old has developed from a top player in the championship to a top player and English regular.
Gareth Southgate recognized his talent and installed him alongside Rice in the English midfield. The pairing helped the Three Lions make it to the Euro 2020 final in the summer.
He’s still a regular at Leeds midfield this season, but Bielsa’s side have got off to a rocky start to their second season in the Premier League.
The whites are currently ranked 18th
If Leeds’ poor form continues, it could play into United’s hands in luring Phillips away from Elland Road.