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Aston Villa registers interest in Kalvin Phillips

Phillips Aston Villa, Six Sports

Aston Villa is reportedly interested in a move for Leeds United and England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips. We believe that Leeds United has also tagged a price on him.

According to the Mail, Steven Gerrard and co. are ‘monitoring’ the situation regarding the Englishman. The 26-year-old could seek an improved contract with a higher wage, with just two years left on his existing one.

The article suggests that Kalvin Phillips could demand well north of £100k-per-week because of his brilliant displays for both club and country. If the Elland Road outfit cannot agree with his wage demands, they might as well sell him for a tempting fee of £60 million, as quoted.

Villa has also received a boost as the report outlines that the Leeds academy graduate will reject a move to Manchester United, despite the Red Devils’ interest, owing to the intense rivalry between those two clubs making such a switch highly controversial.

Does Aston Villa need Phillips?

With the trio of Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey continuously impressing in the center of the pitch for Villa, the depth beyond them is still absent. Former Olympique Marseille man, Morgan Sanson still didn’t settle well to the intensity of Premier League football. If the Midlands club opts to buy him, no doubt it would be a great addition for them.

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford dubbed his 19-cap holder for England as ‘immense’. He can slot in a defensive midfield position in front of the back four and can ideally be better than Douglas Luiz who is currently fulfilling the role for Villa.

Despite missing a large chunk of the current season through injury, he has still managed to showcase his talents. He registered 1.2 interceptions and 2.6 tackles per game so far. He also ranks in the top 2% for blocks. Phillips also ranks in the top 1% for pressures made among players in his position across Europe’s top five leagues.

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