By Craig Scott

5th May, 2021 | 7:05am

Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips is No 1 target for Manchester City

Kalvin Phillips is the latest Leeds United player to be linked with Manchester City with Fichajes reporting he’s Pep Guardiola’s number one target for the summer.

The Spanish news website claims Man City have three midfielders on their radar ahead of the transfer window reopening with AC Milan’s Ismael Bennacer and Barcelona’s Miralem Pjanic wanted at the Etihad as well as Leeds star Phillips.

Fichajes adds 25-year-old Phillips has “become a wish for Guardiola”.

He’s not the only Leeds player to be linked with Man City recently either with SportItalia journalist Gianluigi Longari reporting last month that winger Raphinha is also on the radar of the Champions League finalists.

No way 

Man City can look all they want but there’s absolutely no way Leeds should even consider letting Phillips leave in the summer to anyone.

The England midfielder is arguably the most important player for Marcelo Bielsa.

He’s been transformed under the tutelage of the Argentine, turning from an attacking midfielder to one who sits just in front of the defence, stopping opposition attacks and dictating possession when the ball is at his feet.

According to stats by WhoScored, Phillips averages 51.4 passes per game for Leeds, which is more than any other out-and-out midfielder in the squad.

The 25-year-old also ranks joint-third in the Leeds squad for interceptions per game [1.6] and is third for tackles per appearance [2.6].

Leeds will find it super tough to replace Phillips which means that there should be a mammoth price-tag on his head if anyone is brave enough to try and sign him.

Man City may be one of the richest and most powerful teams in the world of football but we don’t think even they could meet Leeds’ demands in their bid to sign Phillips.

It’s worrying that he’s their number one target but the summer transfer window is weeks away from kicking into gear.

Plenty could change before then.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared a big update on Rodrigo De Paul’s future at Udinese amid Leeds links.