Reports continue to link Leeds' Kalvin Phillips with Aston Villa

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in action during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off  First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on May 11, 2019 in Derby,...

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips continues to be linked away from Elland Road.

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in action during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off  First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on May 11, 2019 in Derby,...

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips has become a top Aston Villa target this summer, and fears at Elland Road will be mounting once again.

The Sun recently noted that Villa would be willing to pay £15million for Phillips, whereas Leeds are demanding a deal of around £30million for their homegrown midfielder.

That seemed to make the rumours die down a little, but they've been sparked into life again by two reports released over the last 24 hours.

 

The first is that the Birmingham Mail claim that Phillips is 'expected' to join Aston Villa within days, but only once a fee is agreed between the two clubs.

Additionally, the Daily Mail report that Leeds have major concerns that Phillips is leaving for Villa, and have subsequently lined up Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Ivan Sunjic as a replacement.

That Leeds have lined up Sunjic will leave some worrying about an exit for Phillips, but the initial claims seem a little on the strange side.

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Wigan Athletic at Elland Road on April 19, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Phillips rumours have died down of late, so to come back with that he's expected to join within a matter of days is a surprise, and it's tempered by the notion that the clubs have to agree a fee first, which is kind of obvious.

If anything, it's the Sunjic rumour which points more to Phillips leaving than a throwaway line about how a deal is expected, but one thing is for sure – it won't be happening at £15million, and Villa will surely have to break £20million to secure a deal.

Ivan Sunjic of Croatia controls the ball during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between Croatia and England at San Marino Stadium on June 24, 2019 in Serravalle, Italy.

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