By Joe Ellis

18th May, 2022 | 3:22pm

Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips could 'triple his wages' in Manchester City move

Leeds United may have a struggle to keep hold of Kalvin Phillips this summer with Manchester City targeting a move for the academy graduate.

According to The Mirror, the 26-year-old has been on Pep Guardiola’s radar for a while as a player who would fit the Citizens’ system perfectly and scouts have been sent to watch him for Leeds numerous times since the Whites’ top-flight return.

The England international is thought to be able to “triple his wages” with a move to the Etihad Stadium and the Mirror claim that those close to Phillips think it would be a move “impossible to turn down” with Guardiola in charge.

The league leaders’ city rivals Manchester United have been following his situation closely too after West Ham and Arsenal had January bids rejected for his services.

Outside of England, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have also enquired about his availability but it is thought that he would prefer to remain in the Premier League if at all possible.

Bidding war

Jesse Marsch would surely prefer to keep Phillips at Elland Road given how good a player he has become and his affinity with the club and fans as a local boy himself.

But with so many clubs showing proper interest in him as a player, this summer might be the perfect time to allow him to leave because the transfer fee we could get for him would allow us to buy four or five new players to improve the overall squad.

As long as we stay up and no relegation release clause comes into play, we can simply hang on as long as we can and see how far clubs would be willing to push it and we could quickly be looking at a £60million or more wad of cash coming into the club.

Victor Orta will be aware of the need to sell players of his calibre to vastly improve the squad overall and might be ready to shake hands on a deal but he can afford to be patient and try to squeeze that little bit more out of every club in the race.

In other Leeds United news, one of Phillips’ teammates might only double his wages if he gets the summer move he is pushing for.