Leeds rejected £50m offers for two players as Mills digs at Ayling
Leeds United fended off serious interest in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha this summer worth £50million each, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted the pair are the club’s only major sellable assets.
Chief Executive Angus Kinnear revealed in his programme notes on 23rd August that the Yorkshire giants had “vigorously resisted” over £100million of interest in during the transfer window.
Leeds did not sell any players over the summer but three first-team players – Ian Poveda, Helder Costa and Leif Davis – left on loan.
“I look at it and think ‘Who were those players if there was £100million’s worth of interest? Was there really?'” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Who would it be? Raphinha and Phillips? That’s the £100million.
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“Being realistic, I don’t think there would be too many clubs thinking ‘We’re gonna take him’.
“It’s a really strange situation with Leeds. They’ve done incredibly well, the players have been fantastic. But how many would slot into other clubs in the top half instantly? There’s not too many when you go through it.
“Would a club look at taking Meslier? Probably not. Luke Ayling? On the verge of an England call up but you’re not taking him at the age he is now. Cooper? Llorente? They’ve been injured. Struijk is still young.
“Phillips? Without a doubt, there would have been incredible interest. You’re looking at £50million-plus. Equally, £50m with Raphinha.
“Rodrigo? Not sure. Dallas? Maybe but not at the level it would take to get him out of Leeds.
“Bamford, in terms of profile and everything else, would you take Ings or Watkins ahead of Bamford? He’s not going to oust the likes of Calvert-Lewin at Everton or Jimenez at Wolves.
“It’s probably two players that attracted the £100million worth of interest. I’m talking serious interest from better clubs.”