Leeds United plot Bayern Munich raid for Marc Roca, as Kalvin Phillips ramifications emerge

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Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca Credit: PA Images
Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca Credit: PA Images

Leeds United are sizing up their third signing in quick succession in the form of Bayern Munich’s Marc Roca, and a report has detailed what that means for Kalvin Phillips.

The Whites have moved quickly to put a campaign that almost resulted in relegation to bed. Leeds quickly wrapped up their unfinished business when completing a deal for RB Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson.

That £25m deal had its roots in the January transfer window, while the coup to acquire Rasmus Kristensen took shape this week.

The attacking midfielder and right-back will add a new dimension to Leeds next year. Though according to the Athletic, their transfer dealings are far from finished.

Their Leeds Utd expert, Phil Hay, reported a move for Bayern Munich’s Marc Roca is on the agenda.

The central midfielder operates in a deeper position to Aaronson, meaning he’d compete with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw.

The 25-year-old Spaniard was a regular with Espanyol in LaLiga before earning a move to Bavaria in 2020. However, opportunities in the first-team have been limited since his arrival and Leeds sense an opportunity to pounce.

Hay noted Leeds are dead set on improving their depth in a position that was decimated by injuries last season. Phillips’ latest injury while on England duty won’t have filled Whites fans with hope ahead of the new campaign.

A bid of around £10m will reportedly be enough to twist Bayern’s arm. However, fellow Premier League side West Ham are reportedly lurking.

What would Marc Roca signing mean for Phillips?

Upon being linked with a new central midfielder, many Leeds fans might immediately fear for the future of Phillips.

The 26-year-old talisman has been linked with a blockbuster exit this summer. He was a target for Aston Villa and West Ham in January, though it is Man City who present the danger six months on.

Pep Guardiola’s side are seeking a replacement for Fernandinho who will return to Brazil. Phillips would compete with Rodri for the sole holding role if signed.

Kalvin Phillips, Leeds midfielder, during Premier League match Credit: PA Images
Kalvin Phillips, Leeds midfielder, during Premier League match Credit: PA Images

The Sun claimed signing Phillips is the new priority at the Etihad now that a deal for Erling Haaland has been wrapped up. Any potential sale would set the buyer back at least £50m.

But per Phil Hay, a Roca arrival would be to complement Phillips, not replace.

That marries up with Hay’s take on Phillips’ future in late-May. The fact Leeds secured their Premier League safety has done their quest to retain Phillips a world of good.

Alternative targets should a Roca swoop fall flat are Man Utd’s James Garner and Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien.

Midfield reinforcements the logical next step?

Forshaw’s return to action last season was a timely one. The veteran midfielder performed admirably after such a lengthy absence, though once again succumbed to injury in the second half of the campaign.

Klich has never truly stepped up to the demands of the Premier League, making central midfield a worthy place for Leeds to invest. However, it is not the only position that requires attention.

Junior Firpo endured a dismal debut campaign after arriving from Barcelona. The left-back often looked lost defensively and struggled with discipline, racking up 11 yellow cards in just 24 league appearances.

Elsewhere, a reliable back-up – or upgrade – on Patrick Bamford must be addressed in the market.

Links with Liverpool’s versatile forward Takumi Minamino are once again surfacing. While not an out and out striker, the Japanese attacker did operate as a false nine under Jurgen Klopp on occasion.

The latest on Leeds’ £17m pursuit of the 27-year-old can be found here.

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