Man City have been told that “there are better options” out there for them than Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
The 26-year-old has been a shining light for Leeds United in recent years. He was also key for England at last summer’s European Championships.
Phillips missed 14 league games through injury in 2021/22 but he impressed when he was available.
His contract is due to expire in 2024 and Leeds United are desperate to keep him beyond then.
But with the likes of Man City and Man Utd reportedly interested in him, they may be tempted to cash in on their prized asset this summer. He is understood to be rated at £60m.
Ex-Aston Villa player Gabriel Agbonlahor has warned Man City against signing Phillips. He does not think that the Leeds man would start ahead of Rodri:
“Kalvin Phillips starts in every team in the Premier League bar Man City,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“He doesn’t get in before Rodri so I’m not sure he’s the answer there.
“I like Cucurella but Man City have the whole world to choose from. They’ve got so many options so they are going to get the best of the best.
“Is he the very best out there? I don’t think so. I’m sure there are better options that Man City are looking at.”
Ex-England goalkeeper David James has already backed Man Utd to make a move for the Leeds midfielder:
“With regards to Manchester United, it’s an interesting angle because the Manchester United this season wouldn’t have been a good move, given what Manchester United achieved this season – or lack of achievement shall I say. But with Ten Hag in charge, there’s going to be a different approach to the way Manchester United play.
“Looking at Manchester United’s midfield from this season, it definitely needed an improvement. Not that the players who were already there weren’t capable, but for one reason or another they’re not going to improve that performance from last season and Kalvin Phillips would be a great fit.”
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