By Mark Smith

28th Sep, 2021 | 3:30pm

Leeds ready to double Kalvin Phillips wages amid Manchester United interest

Leeds United fans were shocked to see Manchester United once again linked with a mega-money move for Kalvin Phillips this week.

90min have reported that the Whites are now set to open talks over a new contract for the Yorkshire Pirlo at Elland Road.

It is suggested that Phillips will be set to more than double his wages and become the top earner at the club in doing so.

Not only will Phillips be doubling his wages, but he is set to become the first player in the squad to breach the £100,000-a-week barrier.

Patrick Bamford and Raphinha are said to be the current top earners for the Whites, earning just below that at £70,000-a-week.

Marcelo Bielsa’s close relationship with the midfield is said to be a big factor behind the talks and hopefully, making them successful.

It is suggested that Phillips is open to the talks and would like to put pen-to-paper on a mega-money deal.

Get it done.

Andrea Radrizzani has come in for much criticism in recent weeks after labelling Adam Forshaw as the new midfield “signing” this season.

That has backfired dramatically, and the potential of losing Phillips on top of that would simply cause outrage at Elland Road.

The owner now has to put his money where his mouth is once again and get a new contract over the line, no one deserves it more.

No matter how recent Phillips signed his previous deal, you have to reward players for their progression, and the Yorkshire Pirlo’s rise on the international stage means a new contract is pivotal.

Mixing with these big-name players every other month at St George’s Park will only show Phillips what he is worth, and it is time for Leeds to recognise that too.

It is time to get it done, no excuses.

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