Hay: No club close to Phillips valuation
Leeds fans were given some potentially good news over Kalvin Phillips on Friday when it was reported that Aston Villa were on the brink of a £15million deal for holding midfielder Douglas Luiz from Man City.
That could call a halt to their pursuit of Phillips.
However, no sooner had this been reported, than David Anderson from the Mirror appeared with another spoke to throw in Marcelo Bielsa’s wheel.
He claimed that Tottenham were ready to launch a bid for the 23-year-old midfielder, with Newcastle waiting the wings as well.
We’re not so worried about Newcastle. They currently have a lot of problems of their own, with Mike Ashley fighting to bring in Steve Bruce as their new manager, and we just can’t see them paying anywhere near the quoted £30m price tag for a Championship player.
Tottenham? They have signed Tanguy Ndombele this summer and have other options in midfield, with Erik Dier, Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks.
They’ve also got a chairman who’s renowned for being notoriously tight and trying to drive a hard bargain. With Leeds not wanting to sell Phillips, that bodes well for him staying.
And that outcome was given a boost by Phil Hay who delivered a double dose of good news for Leeds fans.
Ahead of the club’s trip to Australia, with the players set to jet Down Under today, Hay said that Phillips would be flying with the squad and that no one had come close to matching the club’s valuation.
Roberts had minor knee surgery earlier in the summer. Nobody close to matching Phillips valuation at this stage. He’s going to Australia with the squad tomorrow.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) July 12, 2019
When Leeds get back from Australia there will only be two weeks left before the season starts. We can’t see any way that Leeds will let Phillips go without time to get in a replacement and for Marcelo to coach said replacement in Bielsa-ball.
If we were betting men we’d say if nothing happens in the very near future, that Phillips will be a Leeds player next season.