Leeds 'resigned' to £38k-a-week star's exit from Elland Road

Leeds manager Jesse Marsch in the Premier League against Brighton

Leeds United are resigned to losing Kalvin Phillips this summer, claims talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The midfielder is thought to be a target for multiple Premier League clubs, including champions Manchester City.

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What is the latest news involving Phillips?

According to The Athletic, Manchester United have looked at Phillips, with Leeds starting to fear that they will lose the 26-year-old in this transfer window.

It is United’s rivals City, though, who are said to be extremely keen on raiding Leeds for their star midfielder.

As per the Daily Mail, the Citizens are willing to pay up to £60m to bring Phillips to the Etihad for the 2022/23 season.

With Fernandinho leaving the club, Pep Guardiola is in the market for a new No.6, and the England international seems to be the man he wants.

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What has Crook said about Phillips and Leeds?

Crook has told GIVEMESPORT that Leeds are starting to accept that Phillips’ future may be away from Elland Road.

Speaking to GMS, the talkSPORT reporter said: “I think there is, behind the scenes, a sort of resignation that Kalvin Phillips will probably leave this summer, and actually, it might not be a bad thing for Leeds because it will give them a lot of money then to be able to revamp the squad and sign the players Jesse Marsch wants.”

Could selling Phillips this summer really be a good thing for Leeds?

Leeds will obviously not want to lose Phillips, who has been such a key player for them over the last few years.

While he missed a large chunk of last season due to injury, he was pivotal to their success during the 2020/21 campaign.

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Back then, the England star, who is thought to be earning around £38,000 a week at Elland Road, averaged 2.6 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per league game, putting him in the top three and top five players, respectively, in Leeds’ squad for those metrics (via WhoScored).

However, at this point, it is starting to look like there is not much the Whites can do to convince him to stay at the club, while £60m could potentially bring in a couple of good players.

When you consider all of that, you can see a couple of benefits of selling Phillips this summer. The alternative could be keeping hold of an unhappy player who decides to run down his contract further, so the Yorkshire outfit may come to the conclusion that they have no choice but to sanction a sale in this window.

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