By Sam Stone

1st Jul, 2022 | 4:40pm

Phil Hay mocks Aston Villa fan as Kalvin Phillips Manchester City move edges closer

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has mocked an Aston Villa fan on Twitter after the fan brandished Leeds United an unattractive club to play for.

Hay reported [1 July] about Leeds’ interest in Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere and one Villa fan didn’t take the news too well.

Despite Leeds making three additions thus far in the window, the Villa Twitter account was less than impressed.

“Can’t see him joining unless Leeds agree to a cheap relegation clause though Phil,” said the fan.

He added: “It’s not an attractive club to play for when the club sells its two best players and swaps Bielsa for Jesse.”

Hay was quick to respond by mocking Villa’s failed attempts to land Kalvin Phillips.

“Any sign of Phillips at Villa yet? Keep us posted,” said the Athletic journalist

The Times reported on 20 March that Villa were front-runners for Phillips.

However The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano [1 July] has reported that Manchester City are set to announce the signing of the Leeds midfielder.

Leed business is better

Villa have shown over recent years that they aren’t scared to spend big fees in the transfer market and that is commendable, however, Leeds’ early business easily trumps Steven Gerrard’s side.

Signing a 30-year-old Philippe Coutinho and a 29-year-old Diego Carlos may be good business short-term.

However, Leeds’ early work has been made with an eye to the future with Jesse Marsch looking for value and for players that could really develop whilst at Elland Road.

Coutinho and Carlos will only be on the decline from now until their careers come to a close.

Early money would certainly be on Leeds finishing above Villa in the 2022/23 Premier League season.

With Raphinha and Phillips edging closer to the exit door it’s time for Marsch to make some big decisions and adequately replace the Whites’ star men heading into the new season.

Failure to do so will leave an almighty hole at the club.

However, after their early transfer dealings and the speed at which they’ve acted, there should be no concerns over the club hierarchy acting shrewdly in the transfer market in the coming weeks.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle