Noel Whelan makes £20m exit claim as PL side move for Leeds 'specialist'


Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips will demand a price tag of up to £20million if he is to leave Elland Road this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims that the 23-year-old will be in high demand due to the specialist nature of his talents and that any potential suitors would have to tempt Leeds with a big money offer.

Interest is building in the Leeds ace, Football Insider having revealed that Bournemouth have made an approach for his capture while there is also strong interest from Wolves, Norwich City and Aston Villa, with a national report tipping Dean Smith’s side to submit a £14million bid.

However, Whelan claims that the Villans’ offer will be at least £1million short of the bare minimum Leeds will be looking for.

Asked what sort of price will be on the midfielder’s head, Whelan told Football Insider: “You’re going have to force their (Leeds’) hand with a big sum of money because Kalvin is one of these players, the role that he plays, is not capable by every single player – it’s a specialist role.

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“You can see why people want him because there’s not many people who can do that job. Good teams have a player like that, successful teams have a player like that in their ranks. 

“If they’re going to part with Kalvin, you’re looking between the 15 and 20 million pound mark.”

Phillips was a mainstay for Marcelo Bielsa during the 2018/19 campaign, playing 46 times across all competitions, all of which came in the starting XI, as he sat out just four Championship games, two due to suspension.

Born in Leeds and a graduate of the Elland Road academy, the 23-year-old has 141 first team appearances to his name.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have rejected a bid for a senior star.