Manchester United suffered a big blow in pursuit of Leeds star Kalvin Phillips 

Kim Min-jae

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has no intention of joining Manchester United in the upcoming summer transfer window as per the report in the English outlet Daily Mail

The Red Devils are looking to reinforce their midfield department following the impending departures of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba. While Kalvin Phillips is reportedly one of the names on their wishlist along with Declan Rice. 

According to the report, The 26-year-old will reject any offer from the record Premier League champions this summer. In fear of backlash from the Elland Road faithful. 

Manchester United and Leeds United have a big rivalry and the fans don’t have a good relationship between themselves. However, although players have swapped shirts between these two sides in the past, the midfielder will oppose that decision, given he is born and bred in Leeds. 

However, if the Peacocks get relegated this season then they might have to cash in on their star man. And the fee will be dropped quite a lot. West Ham tried to sign the midfielder in January. But an offer of around £55 million was rejected by the club’s hierarchy. 

Should Manchester United sign Kalvin Phillips this summer? 

Manchester United needs to sign a holding midfielder this summer and signing Kalvin Phillips could be a good decision by the Red Devils’ hierarchy. However, the reported £60 million will be too much for a player. As he is currently fighting relegation and has struggled to stay fit this season. 

Erik ten Hag has stated that he demanded a few powers before signing the deal. And having the final say on the transfer market is one of them. So, he will want to sign a certain type of defensive midfielder who is different from the Englishman. 

Therefore, it will be interesting to see how Manchester United will do business this summer under a new manager and a new structure. Following the resignation of chief transfer negotiator Matt Judge. 

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