Aston Villa had an offer of £25m turned down for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips during the summer, as reported by Leeds Live.
Villa were one of three Premier League teams who reportedly put in a firm offer for the 23-year-old, who is now set to sign a five-year contract with Leeds.
The club may have missed out on Phillips, but they did manage to fill the holding midfield area well, with Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba, as well as having Conor Hourihane who can play deep (as highlighted by The Irish Post).
Phillips has started all six of Leeds’ Championship games this season, picking up three yellow cards and averaging 4.7 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.8 clearances, while completing 86.4% of his attempted passes as per WhoScored.
Luiz has been Villa’s most prominent holding midfielder so far this campaign, starting three Premier League games and coming on as a substitute once.
He has got one eye-catching goal and one yellow card to his name, while also averaging 1.3 tackles, 0.8 fouls and 2 clearances per game, while completing 87.1% of his attempted passes.
The statistics indicate that Phillips could have made an impact for Dean Smith’s side, but Luiz has settled in well at Villa, which makes missing out on the 23-year-old less of a blow.
In addition, £25m is a lot of money for a Championship player, with only two players having been bought from clubs at that level for more, as per Transfermarkt and even then they had suffered relegation from the Premier League the previous campaign.
Therefore, while Phillips is a player who should definitely end up in the Premier League, Villa shouldn’t be too disappointed that they missed out on him for that price.
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