Report: Leeds United to tell Aston Villa price for Kalvin Philipps

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United and Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November...

Leeds United defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips is said to be one of Dean Smith's top targets at Aston Villa.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United and Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November...

According to the Telegraph, Aston Villa’s first bid for Kalvin Phillips will not be enough to convince Leeds United to sell their star player.

Villa are set to launch a £14 million offer for the Leeds defensive midfielder in the coming days.

Philips was arguably Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s best player last term, when his performances at Elland Road caught the eye.

 

And Leeds do not feel that £14 million is enough to convince them to sell to Villa.

Instead, Bielsa’s side want upwards of £20 million for the powerful enforcer, who has developed into a fine player at Leeds.

Whether Villa will be willing to match Leeds’ asking price for the 23-year-old remains to be seen, as Dean Smith has now made the midfielder one of his side’s top targets.

MIDDLESBROUGH, UK 9TH FEBRUARY. Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United scores his team's first goal to make it 1-1 in the 102nd minute during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough...

It would be a major blow for Leeds to lose Phillips, and the Whites are right to be asking for more than £14 million for him.

In the current market Leeds should be demanding a huge fee for Phillips, but even if Villa do pay a large amount it is hard to see how Bielsa’s side would find an equal replacement.

Kalvin Phillips and his teammates celebrate winning the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Leeds United at the New York Stadium, Rotherham on Saturday 26th January...

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