Report: Serious bid could be about to come in for Leeds player, he's considering swapping agents
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is reportedly considering a change of agents during the forthcoming summer transfer window.
The Athletic have written a long article examining the plausibility of Phillips following in the footsteps of Rio Ferdinand and Alan Smith by swapping Elland Road for Old Trafford.
It should be pointed out that the Athletic also report that Smith was a Liverpool fan as a child and those close to him thought the relationship he developed with Leeds would not have stopped him seeing the value in other opportunities at other clubs, while Ferdinand of course came through the ranks at West Ham.
Phillips is a boyhood Leeds fans but his current agreement with Palm Sports Management ends in the summer and he could join Stellar, who have Luke Shaw, Dean Henderson and Anthony Elanga on their books, as well as Dan James and Patrick Bamford.
The report says that Phillips’ potential move should not be seen as the precursor to a summer transfer away from Leeds.
It could apparently just as easily come ahead of him signing a new deal, although that would very likely depend on whether Leeds stay up.
The club have a bit of work still to do on that front and have not been helped by a tricky run-in and Burnley’s recent improvement.
Looking from the outside, it still seems very unlikely that Phillips would actually risk his legacy at Leeds by joining their bitter rivals from across the Pennines.
And this isn’t even an all-conquering Manchester United side. At least Ferdinand and Smith could point to the near-guarantee of trophies when they left.
This is a Red Devils side in need of some serious surgery, having endured an awful season of regression under two different managers.
Erik ten Hag should provide reason for optimism but if Phillips does leave Leeds, he is surely best off waiting for a different suitor.
But he could become an absolute icon at Leeds or eventually move to a different club, which would be less acrimonious and have more chance of success. It is very hard to picture him moving to Old Trafford, for a number of reasons.
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