By Adefunmiloye Alani

28th Sep, 2021 | 6:30am

Manchester United plot move for Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips

Manchester United are keen on signing Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips after abandoning their interest in Declan Rice, according to Daily Star.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made signing a defensive midfielder his number one priority in next summer’s transfer window, and the England international, 25, has been identified as the target.

Billionaire-owned Man Utd [Forbes] want to start challenging for the title again and are ready to ignore their rivalry with the Elland Road outfit in their pursuit of Phillips.

Incredible

The Leeds star was born and bred in Yorkshire, progressing to the first-team from the club’s academy, so he knows the history involved between both clubs.

It is impossible to see Phillips leave Marcelo Bielsa’s side for Old Trafford given what is at stake should he do it, but this is football and nothing can be ruled out.

Man Utd can comfortably double his wages, and the opportunity to challenge for major silverware, play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and in the Champions League could be very tempting.

Leeds want to be playing European football soon to boost their chances of holding on to stars like Phillips, but their uninspiring start to 2021-22 has made a top-seven finish look out of reach after just six games.

They are with just three points so far and are in the relegation zone, and they need to quickly turn things around before the alarm bells start ringing.

Bielsa and his men cannot afford to be battling for safety this term after last term’s ninth-placed finish.

Phillips is keen on staying with them for as long as possible, but an exit would most certainly take place if the worst happens and they go down.

Hopefully, it never comes to that.

In other Leeds United news, Radrizzani has hit back at Whites fan who claimed ace is stealing a wage.