Manchester United are interested in Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to reports.
The Sun is claiming that the club sent assistant manager Mike Phelan to watch Phillips take on Birmingham City at Elland Road last weekend. First-team coach Kieran McKenna was then in attendance as Phillips lined up against Preston in midweek.
The report claims that Manchester United are interested in a deal for Phillips next summer. The club are aware that he will cost ‘big money’ and are wary of being caught out in an ‘auction’ for his sale in the event that Leeds fail to get promoted.
Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Wolves, and Burnley are also mentioned as having previous interest in Phillips.
Leeds fans are fully aware that Phillips is a wanted man. Bids in excess of £20 million were made by Tottenham and Villa last summer which the club rejected.
Should Leeds win promotion this season it is not likely to be an issue. Phillips recently signed a new five-year deal at the club and he will undoubtedly want to play for Leeds in the Premier League.
However, should Leeds fall short, interest from Premier League sides will be a huge concern.
That said, plenty of Leeds fans will feel confident that Phillips, a boyhood Leeds fan, would not join their bitter rivals if he did make the move from Elland Road.
If he does leave, most fans will be able to accept it as long as it is not for Old Trafford.