Michael Brown has made the unexpected claim the release clause in Kalvin Phillips’ Leeds United contract is way in excess of £20million.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-United midfielder revealed he’s been told by club sources the figure is considerably more than previously reported.

Football Insider broke the news in September how Phillips, 24, negotiated a buy-out sum – believed to be above £20m – in the five-year deal he signed in early season.

The clause, which has not been denied by United and has been reported by multiple outlets, can be triggered by rival clubs at the end of the season if Leeds do no secure promotion to the Premier League.

Brown, who is well connected at Elland Road after spending three years at the club during his playing days, revealed he’s been told what it will take to prise Phillips away.

Asked by Football Insider about the £20m+ release clause in Phillips’ contract and whether it will be activated, Brown gestured upwards and said: “It’s more than that. Much more, yes. 

“The fee that they might have to pay will still be a little bit borderline for clubs to take but I think he’s developing well enough that someone could think: ‘Do you know what? I think he could be the real deal.’

“You look at some clubs, they’re paying £20million at the top of the pitch for players coming out of the Championship but for a midfield player, it’s a really big call to go over that figure.”

 

Phillips’ return to the Leeds team after serving a three-match suspension has coincide with an immediate uplift in results.

United beat Bristol City 1-0 on Saturday after drawing 1-1 at Brentford four days earlier to get their bid for automatic promotion back on track.

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