By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United are set to tie Kalvin Phillips to a new deal within days that will be worth £8million-plus, Football Insider can reveal.
The club have reached an agreement in principle with the midfielder and his agent Kevin Sharp over a lucrative new contract that will lift him into the top bracket of earners at Elland Road.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that talks over the last few weeks have resulted in a resolution after the midfield anchorman had knocked back the club’s opening offer following initial talks earlier in the summer.
Phillips has agreed the broad terms of an £8million-plus contract that will run over five years and put him on pay parity with £40,000-a-week top player earners Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.
The paperwork on the deal is set to be finalised within days after managing director Angus Kinnear admitted in an interview last night a deal was “very close”.
Football Insider revealed earlier this summer that the 23-year-old is holding out for a package that will lift him into the same salary bracket as his two teammates.
Bamford joined from Middlesbrough for £7million last summer, while Casilla was handed his contract when he arrived on a free transfer from Real Madrid in January.
Leeds had always intended to tie up Phillips’ future this summer after intense interest in him from Premier League clubs during the recent window.
United knocked back offers of around £20million from teams led by Aston Villa and made it clear to the Elland Road academy product they wanted him to commit beyond 2021, when his current deal expires.
The midfield anchorman has played the full 90 minutes in all eight of Leeds’ Championship and League Cup fixtures this season.
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