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Manchester United face potential obstacle in Kalvin Phillips transfer chase

There is no denying that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has emerged as a Manchester United transfer target this summer.

The Reds are reportedly looking at the possibility of offering £50 million to Leeds for the England international, as per The Athletic. It goes without saying that a player like this would improve United because we’ve been subject to criticism in midfield for years.

On top of that, the Manchester Evening News recently claimed United were working on a deal to sign the England international, who can play a defensive role in the middle pretty much on his own.

Manchester United insider Jonathan Shrager has since provided an update of his own on the Phillips situation, saying that the player’s preference is to remain at Elland Road, which will be more likely if Leeds avoid relegation to the Championship.

Shrager tweeted: “My understanding of the Leeds United, Manchester United, Kalvin Phillips situation: As I initially stated weeks ago, no contact had yet been made to discuss a transfer. Same still applies. Player’s preference is to remain at Elland Road, which will be more likely if Leeds stay in Premier League. It’s thought that negotiations over a contract renewal will start once PL status is confirmed. If Kalvin leaves LUFC, it’s thus possibly due to the club receiving a significant offer. LUFC-MUFC rivalry may be a consideration for Phillips. A potential obstacle.”

Shrager adds that Phillips may sit down with Leeds to discuss a new contract if they stay in the top-flight.

Phillips is understood to be Leeds true and true, with a potential move to Old Trafford deemed controversial by many of those close to him.

It could be a major obstacle for the Reds to get a deal over the line.

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