Sheffield United are planning to make a move for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips this summer should the Whites fail to get promoted, and they hope potential European football may help them beat the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers to his signature, according to a report from The Sun.
Phillips remains one of the best players outside of the Premier League. He remains a vital part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans at Elland Road.
His form since returning from a recent suspension has provided a reminder of how impressive the 24-year-old can be in the deep-lying midfield role.
And Leeds fans would be forgiven for fearing that Phillips’s exit could prove one of the major consequences of failing to get promoted this season.
Unsurprisingly, he has a lot of admirers in the top flight.
The Sun reports that Chris Wilder wants Phillips at Bramall Lane. Meanwhile, it is suggested that Wolves and Burnley could also decide to make moves for the Englishman, who is valued at more than £20 million.
The Blades are looking to be in with a fantastic chance of qualifying for Europe next season. And The Sun adds that Wilder is hoping that they could make a switch across Yorkshire all the more tempting for Phillips.
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It will be painful for Leeds fans wherever Phillips goes this summer should he ultimately leave. But the majority of supporters appear to accept that they cannot be optimistic about keeping him should they remain in the Championship.
It remains imperative Leeds get themselves promoted. They are back in a very good position, having moved five points clear of the chasing pack.
And Phillips’s recent performances have been crucial to their upturn in form.
The Sun reports that his dream is to play at the highest level with the Whites. And it is fair to say that no-one could accuse the academy graduate of not doing everything he can to ensure that they get across the line and end talk about his future before the summer has even started.