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Leeds: Alex Crook hints at Kalvin Phillips release clause

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TalkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has hinted that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips may have a relegation release clause in his Elland Road deal, GiveMeSport report.

The Lowdown: Man City links

Phillips may have played his final game at Elland Road as a Leeds player and stayed out after the full-time whistle on Sunday with Raphinha.

The England international has now been linked with a move to Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola viewing the 26-year-old as an ideal replacement for Fernandinho.

City will face competition from Aston Villa and West Ham for Phillips, however, they could triple his current wage at the Etihad.

The Latest: Crook’s comments

Talking to GMS, Crook said that an exit for Raphinha is ‘most likely’, with reports suggesting the winger has agreed on personal terms with Barcelona.

It’s no secret that Raphinha has a €25m relegation release clause in his Whites deal, however, Crook then added that ‘there’s a suggestion’ Phillips also has one.

“I think he’ll go anyway, whether they stay up or go down. I think he will probably end up at Barcelona – that looks the most likely outcome.

“They’re going to struggle to keep Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips whatever happens. I think there’s a suggestion they’ve both got release clauses in their contracts if they do go down.”

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The Verdict: Interesting

There haven’t been any concrete reports from those close to Elland Road regarding Phillips and a relegation release clause, so this claim is certainly an interesting one.

Hopefully, Jesse Marsch’s side remain in the Premier League over the weekend, which will put an end to any relegation release clause speculation on the boyhood Whites fan.

Leeds chiefs would then be able to demand larger fees for Raphinha and Phillips, who are both valued at £40.5m by Transfermarkt, meaning the club could pocket close to £100m for the star duo, making Sunday’s trip to Brentford even more crucial.

In other news: Radz and Orta have had enough of Leeds ‘liability’; now set to be released from Elland Road. 

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