Another day, another whiff of a transfer rumour that gains some tractions. This time, Villa’s links to Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips have been bolstered.
According to a report by John Percy of The Telegraph, Aston Villa are ready to test Leeds United’s mettle with an opening bid of fourteen million pounds. However, the report does go on to state that like any other transfer bid or enquiry made by the Villa this transfer window, the other club are holding out for more cash. Twenty million pounds in this instance.
Phillips fits the bill for Villa at any price - undervalued with high upside and a decent resale cost. He’s talented and will upgrade a weak role in the side - that of a true ball winning midfielder. He was a key player in Marcelo Bielsa’s first season and would remain so for this upcoming one. True enough, Phillips would be the perfect replacement for both the departed Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak.
Hopefully this is a deal that gets done, but it’ll be yet another deal where Villa are dragged over the coals for more cash. It’s true that Villa are moving in for Phillips, but he won’t be a Villa player for a while.
Such is life in the transfer window.