Sky Sports pundit moots two or three new Leeds United signings if Kalvin Phillips joins Manchester City
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Paul Robinson expects Kalvin Phillips to join Manchester City this summer but wants Leeds United to rinse the Premier League champions for as much cash as possible.
The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported on 15 June that a Man City bid to sign the 26-year-old midfielder is imminent and they feel they could land the England star for a fee between £45million and £50million.
Leeds have already signed Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen since the 2021/22 season ended and it looks as though they’re closing to signing Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca too [BBC Sport].
However, Roca, 25, doesn’t seem to be a replacement for Phillips despite playing in the same position and that’s led to Robinson calling on Victor Orta to continue his recruitment drive with the money gained from cashing in on the England international.
“If Man City come knocking, it’s up to Leeds to maximise what they can get for him,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“It’s going to be very difficult to fend off the Man Citys, the Liverpools, Chelseas and Europe’s biggest teams if they come in due to the financial power they’ve got.
“If it was an Aston Villa or a Newcastle, it’s a different story because you can probably fend them off and keep the player.
“But for the likes of Manchester City, if they come knocking it’s going to be very difficult to knock back – especially for the player.
“Phillips would have the opportunity to play in the Champions League and the opportunity to compete for the Premier League. That’s where every player wants to be.
“The World Cup is also coming up in Qatar so it’d be an ideal opportunity.
“It’ll be difficult for Leeds to veto that move and they need to maximise the value they get for him.
“Hold out for what you can but don’t hold out until it’s too late in the transfer window when you can’t put the money back into the team.
“If they lose Phillips, they’ll need to get two or three more in.”
The Athletic reports that Phillips was the subject of rejected approaches by West Ham and Aston Villa in January and “were put under no pressure by the player to pursue them”.
It remains to be seen what will happen once City firm up their interest with a bid.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in pursuit of this £50,000-a-week forward who’s available for just £3.4million.