Report: Manchester United keen on Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United and coaches Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna in discussion at half time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and...

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is reportedly wanted by bitter rivals Manchester United.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United

According to The Sun, Manchester United are keeping tabs on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips ahead of a possible move for him in 2020.

The Red Devils have major issues in midfield, with Nemanja Matic past his best and both Andreas Pereira and Fred yet to really prove themselves.

Another midfielder will surely be on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's radar for next year, and it's now claimed that he wants Leeds ace Phillips.

 

The report states that assistant boss Mike Phelan went to watch Phillips in a match-winning performance against Birmingham City last weekend, and then first team coach Kieran McKenna scouted him against Preston North End on Tuesday.

That would suggest that United are seriously keen on Phillips, but they're expecting a huge price tag from Leeds given his importance to their side under Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa stayed on for a second season at Elland Road on the basis that Phillips stayed put, and Leeds rejected all approaches for their homegrown midfielder as a result.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United and coaches Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna in discussion at half time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and...

The 23-year-old is the heartbeat of the Leeds midfield, and seeing him leave for bitter rivals United is almost unthinkable, even after Alan Smith's move all those years ago.

It's no great surprise that Phillips is attracting interest given that he's arguably the finest holding midfielder in the Championship, but a move would surely only have any chance of happening if Leeds don't go up this season – and even then, his love for Leeds may just tempt him into going elsewhere if he ever has to leave Leeds, which doesn't seem to be in his plans having signed a new contract earlier this season.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale, Preston on Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

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