Man Utd told to fork out £60m Kalvin Phillips transfer fee by Leeds as Solskjaer looks for alternative to Declan Rice
LEEDS UNITED have reportedly slapped a £60million price tag on star midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Phillips played a pivotal role in Leeds' stunning ninth-place finish in their long-awaited return to the Premier League last season.
The 25-year-old's impressive campaign bagged him a call up to England's Euro 2020 squad and earned him plenty of admirers, including Manchester United.
United are said to have identified the midfielder as a cheaper alternative to West Ham ace Declan Rice,
And according to the Daily Star, Leeds would be willing to part company with their local lad for a fee of £60m.
Despite the fierce rivalry between Leeds and United, Phillips made it clear earlier this season that he wouldn't shut down a move to Old Trafford.
When asked to 'describe what Man United means', Phillips replied with a smile on his face: "To me? It doesn't mean anything."
It has, however, been reported that Phillips 'would be reluctant to leave his hometown club'.
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But former Premier League star Trevor Sinclair reckons he's ready to move on to pastures new.
He said: “I think Kalvin Phillips is ready.
"If Leeds do not really pick up this season and start threatening that top four, I think Kalvin Phillips will go.
“I was actually quite surprised that Man Utd did not have a little look at him because when you start looking at that holding midfield role, and you have got Fred, (Scott) McTominay and (Nemanja) Matic.
“For me, if they have got that position right, they will have a chance at really competing for the Premier League.”
Phillips and his Leeds United team-mates will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, welcoming Watford to Elland Road.
Manchester United, meanwhile, will welcome Spanish big boys Villarreal to Old Trafford this evening for their second Champions League Group F match.
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