By Wayne Veysey
Aston Villa are offering Kalvin Phillips a massive pay rise in a bid to convince him to join from Leeds United before the transfer cut-off, Football Insider can reveal.
The Midlands giants have been closely monitoring the midfielder’s situation all summer and have made an approach that was knocked back by the Championship giants.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that Villa have not given up on Phillips, 23, even though they are running out of time, with the Championship season starting this weekend and the window due to shut in 11 days’ time.
The Midlands giants have made it clear through third parties they are willing to hand Phillips a £60,000-a-week, five-year contract.
This would represent a 600 per cent pay rise for the Elland Road academy product, whose current salary is around £10,000-a-week.
Phillips has failed to agree a new Leeds deal because he has not been offered a package that would catapult him into the club’s top tier of earners alongside £40,000-a-week pair Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.
Football Insider broke the news earlier this month that the midfield anchorman had knocked back Leeds’ opening offer following initial talks over a long-term contract extension.
Phillips has been fully involved with the Leeds squad in pre-season and is expected to start their Championship opener against Bristol City on Sunday at Ashton Gate.
He has told friends he wants to remain at his boyhood club, and Marcelo Bielsa has made it clear behind the scenes that he regards the midfielder as an integral member of the team who he does not want to lose.
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that a club are tabling £2m-a-year United player offer as talks advance.