Aston Villa are interested in Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips ahead of the summer transfer window, two journalists have claimed.
Leeds are in danger of being relegated back to the Championship, and that might well mean losing some of their star players.
The Whites are currently just two points above the bottom three, and they’ve played two games more than 18th-place Burnley.
Villa tried to sign Phillips three years ago following their promotion to the top-flight, with Leeds still in the Championship, but he opted to stay put.
Valued at £36million by Transfermarkt, the midfielder is under contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2024.
The Athletic’s Gregg Evans writes that ‘Villa are keen’ to sign the 26-year-old, but warns that it will be a ‘tough’ deal to do.
If Leeds are relegated, it’s more likely that he’ll head to ‘one of the elite clubs’.
Meanwhile, The Daily Mail’s Tom Collomosse also says that Phillips is likely to be on Villa’s list of summer targets.
It’s clear that Steven Gerrard is determined to land a top central midfielder this summer, with a host of big-money targets named in recent times.
Gerrard seems willing to commit a sizeable chunk of his budget to this area, perhaps in the belief that it holds the key to a European push next season.
In other news, Villa are due a fresh windfall.
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