Leeds United will sell star player Kalvin Phillips if an offer in the region of £90m arrives, according to former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie.
The Lowdown: Phillips’ future up the air
The 25-year-old has matured into a fantastic footballer in recent years, becoming a key figure for both the Whites and England – Three Lions legend Alan Shearer called him ‘magnificent‘ during the summer.
Phillips’ form has unsurprisingly seen him linked with a move away from Leeds, with Manchester United among those thought to be keen on acquiring his signature.
There are reports he could yet sign a new deal at Elland Road, however, and it remains to be seen where his future lies.
The Latest: If the offer comes…
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie, 61, claimed that Leeds would accept an offer of £90million for Phillips, should such a big offer arrive:
“If that offer comes in, he’s gone.
“I don’t think there will be any problem with that. Is he worth it? I don’t know. In today’s game, my mind is blown. I look at some of the players who played when I did.
“What would Gazza be worth? Or Lineker? Oh my god, they must be worth millions and millions.
“If people say he’s worth £90million, he’s worth £90million. Who am I to argue?”
The Verdict: Accept a monumental fee
While Phillips is undoubtedly an almost irreplaceable figure at Leeds, there comes a point where it is better to allow him to move on, should a ridiculous amount of money be offered.
It may be that the England international feels a fresh challenge is required at some point – playing for a Champions League team could appeal – and the Whites could use the money to make the team even stronger.
Ideally, Phillips will see out his career at Leeds, but it would arguably be a surprise if that happened given the immense quality he has shown at the highest level, and if the Whites bank a massive profit it could be a win win for both player and club.
In other news, Beren Cross has made a claim regarding Leeds United’s January transfer business. Read more here.
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