Graham Smyth shares if Leeds United receive PSG bid for Kalvin Phillips
Leeds United have reportedly not received an official bid from Paris St. Germain for midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
According to Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Graham Smyth, the Ligue 1 champions made a phone call to the Leeds board last week (June 17) to enquire about the Englishman’s price and availability.
Amid interest from Manchester City as well, Leeds have said that they will not be demanding an outrageous fee with £50million likely to be their valuation of the 26-year-old.
Smyth wrote, “Leeds insist they will not ask for unrealistic sums for Phillips in the summer transfer window but with a likely price tag in the region of £50million, any serious offer would be near impossible for to decline, particularly if the player himself was keen on the move.
“The emergence of another potential suitor for the England international will certainly play in Leeds’ favour and perhaps warn Manchester City that they will not be able to get their target on the cheap.
“PSG put a call in to the Leeds board on Friday of last week to make initial enquiries over his availability and price, but are yet to test Elland Road resolve with a bid.”
If two state-owned clubs are locked in a transfer battle for the Leeds player, it makes sense for the club to spark a bidding war.
Rather than settling on a price and asking both clubs to match it, they must sell Phillips to the highest bidder to see how far they go.
Phillips appears keen on moving this summer and he should be open to either of the two clubs as they come with a different kind of intrigue.
In fact, there’s a better chance of him getting playing time at PSG than Manchester City, due to the number of quality midfielders in Pep Guardiola’s side.
Hopefully, this situation is resolved sooner rather than later so Leeds then have the funds to strengthen in other departments.
Jesse Marsch would himself love Phillips to stay, but at this point, he knows that the future of the England international is not in his hands.