By Mark Smith

13th Sep, 2021 | 2:45pm

Leeds said to only want £25.6m for Kalvin Phillips

Manchester City are looking into the possibility of signing Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to Fichajes.

That isn’t the worst part as we expect interest in the Yorkshire Pirlo, with Pep Guardiola said to have made contact already.

The update quickly becomes embarrassing though, with the Spanish outlet reporting that the Whites only want £25.6million.

In what world would that make sense?

That is what Leeds were likely demanding in the Championship after we failed to make promotion in the first season of Marcelo Bielsa.

Since then, Phillips has sealed promotion, a top-half Premier League finished and even guided England to the final of the EUROs.

All of those have added significant value to his name, and Manchester City would likely need to more than triple that so-called valuation.

Embarrassing.

This would simply never happen, and if a bid of that amount was ever accepted, there would be outrage at Elland Road.

Guardiola will be hoping that his relationship with Marcelo Bielsa will help, but we aren’t in the business of favours.

Phil Hay suggested this week that Phillips is likely to cost near £100million now, meaning this valuation would need to be timed by four.

Everything about this is embarrassing, and there is no chance of this ever happening so hopefully, this is one to forget.

We expect interest in our best player, he proved his worth in the defeat against Liverpool with a magnificent display alone in midfield.

Leeds need to improve very quickly this season, or interest such as this will start to tempt our big names – that can’t happen.

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