Ashley Preece has corroborated reports of Aston Villa being interested in Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Jonathan Northcroft of The Times claimed in March that Villa were ‘leading the race’ to sign Phillips.
And transfer insider Dean Jones has since described him as Steven Gerrard’s ‘number one target in that area of the field’.
Phillips is approaching the final two years of his contract with The Whites, the only senior side he’s played for.
Manchester United could compete with Villa with his signature, with the MEN reporting that they’ve already begun working on a move.
A supporter asked Preece in a Birmingham Live Q & A whether there is ‘any truth’ in the links.
The journalist replied that ‘Villa’s interest in real’ and that ‘they have been quoted £60million’ by Leeds.
His personal prediction is that Phillips will remain at Elland Road ‘for at least another season’, but it remains to be seen as and when The Villans test the waters with a bid.
To emphasise just how a big signing this could be, let’s look at Villa’s existing transfer record.
The most they’ve ever paid to sign a player is £34.6million. That’s what it took to sign Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City last summer.
If Villa cave to Leeds’ demands here, and they might have to given the competition, they could nearly double that benchmark.
It’s clear that Gerrard wants to sign a midfielder this summer, with Preece noting that the likes of Ibrahim Sangare, Boubacar Kamara and Geoffrey Kondogbia have all been considered too. But Phillips, an ‘extraordinary‘ talent in the eyes of former England boss Fabio Capello, has the advantage of Premier League experience.
In other news, read this journalist’s reaction to a big Villa transfer update.
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