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Leeds: Aston Villa lead the race to sign Kalvin Phillips

Leeds: Aston Villa lead the race to sign Kalvin Phillips -Leeds United News

Aston Villa are the current front-runners to sign Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips at the end of the season, according to a fresh transfer report.

The Lowdown: Phillips’ future up in the air

The 26-year-old is arguably one of the most important players at Elland Road, with his lengthy absence through injury this season hurting the Whites badly.

With relegation still far from out of the question, there is constant speculation surrounding Phillips’ Leeds future, with the England international surely leaving if his boyhood club are in the Championship next term.

A fresh update has now emerged regarding the next step in the midfielder’s career.

The Latest: Villa lead the race for Phillips

According to The Times, it is Villa who are the favourites to snap up Phillips this summer, with Steven Gerrard’s team willing to pay £60m for his services and offer him a package worth £10m per season.

The midfielder has been identified as a ‘key target’ for the fellow Premier League outfit, and should a £60m move go through, it would be both a record sale for Leeds and the most that Villa have ever paid for one player.

The Verdict: He’s better than that

With all due respect to Villa, if Phillips does move in the summer, he should be departing for a club who are playing Champions League football.

He has matured into a wonderful midfielder, winning England’s Player of the Year award in 2021, and a switch to Villa Park wouldn’t feel like a major step-up from Leeds. It was only last season that his current club

The hope is that Phillips remains with the Whites, of course – he has been hailed as ‘phenomenal’ by former England manager Fabio Capello – but there is surely only a chance of him staying if relegation is avoided.

In other news, Beren Cross has dropped a triple Leeds injury update. Read more here.

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