Birmingham news Liverpool target £50m transfer after 'absolutely crazy' Villa decision MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa tried to sign the Leeds United midfielder in the summer of 2019 after winning promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs
Breaking News ! Former Aston Villa target Kalvin Phillips is set to spark a £50million transfer scramble next summer according to The Mirror. Phillips has settled into life in the Premier League extremely well after Leeds United's long-awaited promotion and he's been included in Gareth Southgate's last two England squads. The 24-year-old has won four caps for his country and started the defeat to Denmark last time out. And The Mirror claims Phillips' good form has attracted interest from Premier League champions Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now The report states: "Marcelo Bielsa's high-energy pressing style is in line with the way both Tottenham and Liverpool like to play with Phillips at the hub of the way Leeds operate their system. "But prising Phillips away from his boyhood club will be a difficult task – even for the £50million Leeds now rate the midfielder." It could have all been so different for Phillips after Villa tried to lure him to the second city in the summer of 2019. The midfielder was identified as a top transfer target by Dean Smith but the club failed with a £25million bid. Following Leeds' promotion, their CEO Angus Kinnear opened up on the financial hit Phillips took to walk away from a potential move to Villa Park. Read More Related Articles Aston Villa sent clear message over Milot Rashica January transfer Read More Related Articles Brendan Rodgers sends message to Gareth Southgate over 'exceptional' Jack Grealish Kinnear said: "If you wanted an example of what makes this club truly special, it's very difficult to talk about club loyalty existing in football nowadays.
. But it existed with Kalvin Phillips. "Kalvin Phillips made an absolutely crazy financial decision to stay with Leeds United for another year. It made no sense. But he did it because he believed in the club. He loves the club. And he wanted to take us back where we belong. "We asked him to give us one more year and you'll be playing for Leeds United in the Premier League." Phillips signed a new contract at the beginning of the 2019/20 season which runs until 2024.
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