By Frank McAvennie

20th Jun, 2022 | 10:58am

Leeds United can be 'stronger' without Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha after source's reveal - pundit

Leeds United may start the 2022-23 season with a stronger squad even if Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha leave.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about possible exits last night.

A Man City source told Football Insider on 13 June that Man City have tested Leeds’ resolve with a bid for Phillips, 26.

Significantly, a recruitment source has told this site (15 June) the defensive midfielder has told his boyhood club he wants to join the Premier League champions.

As reported by The Athletic (3 June), Leeds have set a £60million-plus asking price on Raphinha’s head after avoiding relegation.

McAvennie insists Leeds could end up with a stronger squad if they reinvest the fees received for both players.

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“If you sell those two for the money they are talking about then there is a lot to spend,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“They already have three players in by the sounds of it. You then need to replace the guys who leave.

“That won’t be easy but with that money, you can do quite a lot.

“They need bodies in. That was a problem last season and they need to fix that.

“With three already in that has happened. If they spend the money they get then they can get the bodies in they need to be stronger next season.”

Raphinha scored 11 goals and chipped in with three assists during the 2021-22 Premier League season.

Phillips only played 20 times in that competition due to a hamstring injury.

In other news, a Leeds United employee has called for a major rule change after worrying news emerges.