Will Aston Villa sign Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United?

Rumours continue to link Leeds United midfield dynamo Kalvin Phillips with an exit to Aston Villa.

The Star report Villa plan to offer £20 million for Phillips, while the Birmingham Mail add that there is an expectation the deal will eventually get done.

It has led to Leeds fans feeling very uneasy, especially after just agreeing to sell Jack Clarke to Tottenham for £10 million.

Leeds have been reliant on loan deals this summer, and the Clarke sale can help finance these with any fees and wages to be paid.

Selling Phillips would rip the heart out of the team and Leeds should avoid this at all costs.

It doesn’t make sense from a football perspective, whereas the Clarke sale could at least be justified by the fact he only made four league starts last year.

So where is Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani in all of this?

Well, he’s nowhere to be seen. He’s active on social media when he wants to be. And that’s not now.

His last tweets were about Major League Baseball, and a cereal bar on sale at Sainsbury’s.

The only mention of Leeds since May was one reference to a charity initiative. Fair enough, but what about the team?

There is no obvious need to sell Phillips, and Radrizzani could shut it down by making the club’s position clear.

His inaction is enabling the Villa rumours to continue, and fans may suspect there is something in it.

Leeds’ intentions are unclear, and after selling one youth prospect, there is a worry that Leeds’ lack of a statement against it suggests they would consider a sale at the right price.

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