By Alan Hutton

1st Oct, 2021 | 7:00am

Pundit suggests Leeds will accept Man United bid and use cash for new signings as Phillips offer mooted

Alan Hutton has suggested Leeds United could cash in on Kalvin Phillips next summer to reinvest in new signings.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Whites could build a “better team” by selling the 25-year-old.

As reported by the Daily Star (27th September), Manchester United have lined up Phillips for a move next summer after dropping interest in Declan Rice.

However, as revealed by Football Insider (16th September), Leeds have opened talks to tie Phillips down to a new blockbuster contract.

The midfielder’s current terms, signed when the Whites were in the Championship in 2019, expire in 2024.

However, the Yorkshire heavyweights are keen to reward him for his rise in stature for both club and country.

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Hutton admitted Manchester United’s interest and financial clout could make it difficult for Leeds to turn an offer down.

However, he suggested the divisive decision to sell could work in the Whites’ favour.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “All these factors come into it. They don’t want to lose any of their best players and definitely not a rival.

“The flipside to that is if you get a fee everybody sees as worthy of his talent and you reinvest it in the squad wisely, you can possibly become a better team with the reinvestment.

“It just depends on how they go about it. It’s very, very difficult to turn down a team like Manchester United.

“We’ll see how it plays out. If they reinvest in January, I think some fans could, possibly, be on board.”

A graduate of the youth ranks at Elland Road, Phillips has played 218 times for Leeds to date. 

He has played every minute in all but one league game this season.

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