By Mark Smith

15th Apr, 2022 | 8:05pm

Kalvin Phillips expected to leave Leeds United in summer, Florian Grillitsch found as replacement - report

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is expected to seal a blockbuster exit this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper has reported on their website that despite the Yorkshire Pirlo sharing his desire to stay, he is still set for an exit.

This is as the links with Manchester United continue to grow with each passing day and week in West Yorkshire, although a replacement may have been found already.

It is reported that Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch has been identified as the perfect replacement at Elland Road.

The Austrian international is out of contract in the summer and will move on from the German side.

The 26-year-old is attracting heavy interest, with Newcastle, Arsenal, West Ham and Everton all keeping an eye on things in the Premier League.

Grillitsch is described as significantly taller, and his ability to also play in the heart of defence is something that may appeal to Jesse Marsch.

Marsch influence.

We were told by the boss in recent weeks that he was due to sit down with Victor Orta in coming weeks to discuss transfers.

Is this one of the names that may have popped up? It certainly makes sense.

Marsch spent months at RB Leipzig and will have come up against Grillitsch, who is no doubt a real presence in the heart of midfield.

With Adam Forshaw, Mateusz Klich and Phillips our only three options in that area, another face in there would certainly help.

Add in the fact that this makes it appear certain that Phillips will leave, we would desperately need to replace him.

We don’t see that happening though, and Grillitsch being available on a free could make him a perfect addition in to this side.

That would leave money to be spent on the likes of Brenden Aaronson and another striker, let’s see how this unfolds.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has broken his silence on Twitter sharing when he will leave the club