Manchester United looking to lure Kalvin Phillips to Old Trafford

It’s that time of year when Manchester City and Liverpool are in an intense title race. At the same time, Manchester United are looking to set their priorities for the next transfer window after a poor showing.

The Red Devils are looking for a defensive midfielder in the market and they are linked with Kalvin Phillips.

Reports have it that Man United are willing to spend £50m to secure the services of the England defensive midfielder. Kalvin Phillips has caught the attention of the Premier League giants with his ability to dominate play from the heart of midfield.

The report reads:

Manchester United are reportedly considering a £50m move for Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips this summer.

(Going through: Daily Mail)

The enigma of the Manchester United midfielder

Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard will all leave this summer, making United’s midfield much thinner. Reinforcements in the midfield area are desperately needed at Old Trafford.

Alongside Phillips, transfer pundits and journalists have linked Ruben Neves and Declan Rice to United, showing how eager they are to plug holes in the middle of the park.

Kalvin Phillips in 2021/22

The England international has failed to put in impressive displays for Leeds United due to his injury setbacks.

He has made just 15 Premier League appearances for the Elland Road side and has one assist to his name. However, that hasn’t deterred Manchester United from pursuing the 26-year-old midfielder.

Phillips’ season by the numbers: (via: FBREF)

  • Tackles per 90: 2.60
  • Interceptions per 90: 2.13
  • Success rate: 81.4%
  • Progressive passes per 90: 3.62

What could affect Kalvin Phillips’ move to Old Trafford?

In a 2021 interview, Patrick Bamford mentioned Kalvin Phillips’ family hatred/rivalry towards Manchester United.

He said:

His whole family hates United and they’re probably supporting him and they’re probably telling him to say ‘make sure you tell the guys how important and crucial this game is’.

(Going through: shimmer)

If the deal is completed this summer, Phillips will be the seventh Leeds United player to leave for Manchester United. He could be the first player to follow Alan Smith at Old Trafford.

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