Tottenham and Liverpool enter the battle for £50m-rated England international
Tottenham and Liverpool are monitoring Leeds United defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips ahead of a potential move for the defender next summer, according to the Mirror.
England international Phillips’ performances this season, unsurprisingly, haven’t gone unnoticed with the 24-year-old quickly adapting to the pace and rhythm of the Premier League.
Phillips’ talents have been known for some time but given he had played all his football in the Championship, there has been a degree of suspicion as to whether he can cut it in the top flight.
But he’s gotten quickly up to speed in his four performances for Leeds, marking himself out as arguably the best English No6 in the Premier League, plus looking the part for England.
Phillips started England’s games against Wales and Denmark and came off the bench against Belgium over the recent international break.
The midfielder signed a five-year contract with Leeds in 2019 with the club having fought off bids of around £27m for him from an unnamed top-flight club, thought to be Aston Villa.
To secure him now, therefore, given his elevated reputation and contract status may take double that price as Phillips could be lining up in the England midfield next summer at the European Championships.
Liverpool are said to be planning for life at Gini Wijnaldum with the Dutch international out of contract next summer and wanted by Barcelona, leaving Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita as their only options in the holding role, with Thiago Alcantara viewed as a more advanced midfielder.
Spurs brought Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to north London in the summer but don’t have many options as a midfield pivot outside of the Dane, with Moussa Sissoko now 32 and Eric Dier preferred by Jose Mourinho at centre-back.
Tanguy Ndombele, who appears to have mended his relationship with Mourinho, can also play in that role but is more effective when positioned further forward.
From Leeds’ perspective it’s inevitable that Phillips’ progress would start to turn heads but with the 24-year-old on £30,000-a-week, a lower-end Premier League wage, may have to negotiate a new deal in order to safeguard his future.