Aston Villa’s return to the Premier League is one which many are looking forward to seeing, with the Villans having the potential to really splash the cash this summer.
Manager Dean Smith will be keen to see his team add a number of new faces to the ranks over the summer months, and it appears the club are going to have no problem in splashing out on players who they believe can improve their first XI and squad.
However, one player who we here in the Tavern feel Villa should walk away from is Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, where it has been reported (via the Sun) this weekend that the Yorkshire club could demand a fee of £30m for their star midfielder.
Phillips is, of course, a superb midfield player, but in a day and age where fees are being increased by the year, £30m is just something which sounds a bit too much for a club like Villa at this stage of their Premier League return.
Villa do need players in the middle of the park, and signing a destroyer like Phillips would have been ideal for the likes of Jack Grealish and John McGinn to further their attacking prowess and cause Premier League defences all sorts of problems.
For a fee of £30m though, you are looking at eating a big chunk of the transfer kitty Villa will have to play with, and it might well be better if Dean Smith and his scouting network move away from a deal for Phillips and spend the money elsewhere in the squad.
There are still bargains out there to be had for clubs like Villa, and while Phillips will eventually be a Premier League player, it feels like this is not quite the right time for Villa to be making their move yet.
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