Liverpool prepare January bid for Leeds United ace Phillips - report
Liverpool are said to be preparing a bid within the region of £33.4million for Leeds United and England ace, Kalvin Phillips, according to El Nacional.Cat.
The 26-year-old is out of contract at Elland Road in 2024 with several European giants looking to swoop in for the midfielder.
Leeds are reluctant to sell to Premier League rivals but Phillips is said to be ‘very seduced’ by the thought of competing for Premier League and Champions League titles with Reds.
“Jürgen Klopp is a big fan of the British player and thinks it would be a great boost. His qualities fit perfectly with the style of play he proposes, having a great ability to travel, and combining effort, sacrifice and technical quality.” As per El Nacional.Cat.
“To persuade Elland Road to let him go, they are preparing an offensive of close to 40 million euros. A proposal that indicates that it will be rejected, as they do not want to sell it to another Premier League team.
“Philipps is very seduced by the idea of playing at Anfield, where he could play in the Champions League and fight for titles.”
Hard to watch
Leeds fans shouldn’t be too worried about this development. Liverpool rarely do business in January unless absolutely vital which this doesn’t seem. Their reported offer of £33.4million will be laughed off at Elland Road.
If or when Phillips does depart it is crucial for the club and the fans that he doesn’t stay in England. It would be horrible to watch one of the Whites’ homegrown talents move to another club in England, win loads of trophies and probably come back to haunt us on many occasions.
There is interest from Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich who would all pay a substantially higher fee than the Reds would, so it also makes financial sense to offload him abroad.
That is the best of the worst-case scenario though. Hopefully the January speculation of a move for Leeds’ midfield maestro dies down and the club can tie him to a new deal at Elland Road.
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