Leeds United news: Kalvin Phillips fee tipped to go 'through the roof' after update - pundit
Alex McLeish has suggested Kalvin Phillips’ price tag at Leeds United could go “through the roof” after Manchester City tabled a bid.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted other clubs like Manchester United should be looking at the 26-year-old this summer.
As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (13 June), City have tabled an opening offer for the midfielder Phillips, with Leeds’ asking price around the £50million mark.
A recruitment source has since told this site (15 June) that Phillips has told the Whites he wants to join City this summer.
McLeish insisted £50million would be a “decent deal” for the midfielder.
He suggested rival interest could ramp up the price tag.
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“English players are very, very expensive,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“When you’re buying in the English League and you’re buying the best players, they are expensive. More so than a lot of the foreign players.
“Phillips, at that kind of price, I think would be a pretty decent deal. There are, of course, other incredible midfielders. West Ham have Declan (Rice). I really think these guys are going to go through the roof when it comes to transfers.
“Kalvin Phillips has been really really strong for England and his team. That kind of fee, if you can get him at that, they’ve done a good job.
“We talk about Man United and that who have regressed a fair bit. They have to look at players like that.
“I guess it all comes down to who Kalvin Phillips wants to go to. At the end of the day, if somebody bids less than Man City, then Phillips will say: ‘I’m not going to that other team. I’m going to go to Man City.”