Revealed: The Leeds secret weapon to swing Ben White deal
Kalvin Phillips may be the Leeds United secret weapon in their bid to sign Ben White permanently, Football Insider has learned.
The centre-back has emerged as one of the most coveted young players in the country after an outstanding campaign on loan at United from Brighton.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club accept they only have an outside chance of signing White full time but the close friendships he’s built up this season with his teammates could be decisive.
White, 22, is said to have developed an especially close bond with Phillips, 24, another player being watched closely by the Premier League elite.
Both young Englishmen are also on the radar of national team manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the European Championship delayed until the summer of 2021.
Football Insider revealed last month how the Leeds senior players have been “begging” White every day to remain at Elland Road next season.
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Skipper Liam Cooper has gone public to hail his fellow centre-back for his “unbelievable” loan campaign.
White’s future is dependent on multiple factors, not least whether Leeds succeed in their promotion bid.
United accept accept there is no chance of keeping the defender if they remain in the Championship, a scenario that would almost certainly see Phillips also depart.
Brighton are aware of the strong interest in White, who has spent the last three seasons on loan and only played twice for his parent club.
As revealed by Football Insider, and he is also on the radar of the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City after his consistently outstanding form for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
White has started all 37 of Leeds’ league matches this season and remarkably played every single minute of the Championship campaign.
He is considered so technically complete by Bielsa he has been used as an emergency defensive midfielder multiple times this season.
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