By George Overhill

15th Jun, 2022 | 9:40am

Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips to make agent decision within days, Manchester City bid to follow

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is expected to decide on his new agents this week amid heavy interest from Manchester City, The Athletic reports.

The same company who facilitated Jack Grealish’s £100million move to the Etihad last summer are in pole position and the Premier League champions’ opening bid for the 26-year-old should follow soon after the change is made.

The Whites had wanted to secure a new contract to keep their key man for another year, and less than two months ago (27 April) The Athletic reported they were “relaxed” and “hopeful” as they put off negotiations until after the end of the league season.

Discussions were first suggested before Christmas but the impending agent switch, then potential relegation, pushed the matter down the road, and it now looks to have worked out to Leeds’ detriment.

The report in The Athletic says: “He has been represented by Palm Sports Management (PSM), a West Yorkshire-based agency, throughout his professional career but, as The Athletic reported in April, he has been looking at alternatives with his contract with PSM due to run out this month.

“Stellar, who handled Jack Grealish’s transfer to City from Aston Villa last summer, are frontrunners in the race to secure his business, with a decision expected to be made this week.

“Though City have held off on bidding until after Phillips changes stables, an offer should not be long in coming once he does.”

Too late for Leeds?

The planets look to be aligning for Pep Guardiola to get the Fernandinho replacement that he wants, and Stellar appear to be in position to negotiate major England international transfers in successive summers.

Had the agent question not been an issue this year it is possible that a deal at Elland Road would have been tied up before now and the club would have been in a far stronger position.

But without that new contract this window is where Phillips holds maximum transfer value, and the Whites will apparently “struggle to resist” the incoming approach from City.

The suggested fee of £45million-50million would certainly be much higher if he had already signed improved terms with Leeds, and possibly should be anyway.

His affinity for the club would surely have led him to do so still if the expected bid from the Etihad were not around the corner.

But timing is everything and in this case it looks like it has worked perfectly for title holders and done the opposite for United.

Where once the change in agents was thought to only be delaying a new deal for his boyhood club it now appears to be set to kick off his exit.

In other Leeds United news, the price of a big-money transfer elsewhere holds the key to a star player staying at Elland Road or not.