Manchester United looking to lure Kalvin Phillips to Old Trafford

It is that time of the year when Manchester City and Liverpool are fighting out an intense title race. At the same time, Manchester United are looking to get their priorities right for the upcoming transfer window after a poor show.

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

According to reports, Man United are willing to spend £50 million to secure the services of the English defensive midfielder. Kalvin Phillips has attracted the attention of Premier League giants with his ability to dominate the game from the heart of the midfield.

The report reads:

Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a £50million move for Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips this summer.

(Via: Daily Mail)

Manchester United’s midfield conundrum

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

Along with Phillips, transfer experts and journalists have linked the likes of Ruben Neves and Declan Rice with United, displaying how eager they are to plug the holes in the middle of the park.

Kalvin Phillips in 2021/22

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

He has only featured in 15 Premier League games for the Elland Road outfit and has an assist to his name. However, this has not discouraged Manchester United from pursuing the 26-year-old midfielder.

Phillips’ season by numbers: (Via: FBREF)

  • Tackles per 90: 2.60
  • Interceptions per 90: 2.13
  • Pass Completion Rate: 81.4%
  • Progressive passes per 90: 3.62

What could affect Kalvin Phillips’ transfer to Old Trafford?

In an interview back to 2021, Patrick Bamford mentioned Kalvin Phillips’ family’s hate/rivalry towards Manchester United.

He said:

All his family hate United and they’re probably rooting for him and they’re probably telling him to say ‘make sure you tell the lads how big and crucial this game is.

(Via: Mirror)

If the deal goes through in the summer, Phillips will be the seventh Leeds United player to leave for Manchester United. He could be the first player to follow Alan Smith to Old Trafford.

Who should Manchester United prioritize in the summer transfer window?