Leeds tipped to accept '£90m' Man United bid for Phillips after source reveal
Leeds United will be forced to sell Kalvin Phillips to Man United if they receive an offer of £90million.
So says ex-Whites shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 25-year-old’s future at Elland Road.
This site revealed on 16 September that the midfielder is in talks with Leeds over a new deal.
Phillips is under contract until 2024 and his agent told The Telegraph on 30 September that he expects a “positive outcome” from the negotiations.
Football Insider broke news on 27 September that West Ham plan to sell fellow England star Declan Rice for £90m amid a contract stand-off.
The Daily Star reported the same day that Man United have turned their attention from Rice to Phillips.
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And Kenny insists that Phillips is worth every bit as much as his West Ham contemporary.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “If Declan Rice is worth £90m, surely Phillips is as well.
“At that price, Leeds might have to be realistic. We know how much he is loved there but that its crazy money.
“We know you can get cheaper players from abroad, but then you worry about whether they will settle or not.
“Have they got time to get a player of that calibre from abroad when it can take them 10 or 12 months to bed in?
“Phillips and Rice are used to playing in the Premier League. There isn’t any risk that they don’t adapt quick enough.
“So I think it makes sense to pay that little bit extra for someone who’s English and knows the league.”