Paper Talk: Two reasons given as Kalvin Phillips ‘picks next club’ with Man Utd pushed aside

Date published: Thursday 28th October 2021 8:30 - James Marshment

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in action during the Premier League match at Elland Road against Everton

Kalvin Phillips has already chosen his next club amid reports Leeds could be forced to cash in, speculation is increasing that Paul Pogba’s next club has already been decided, while Thursday’s transfer gossip claims Chelsea have a two-man transfer wish-list in January.

LEEDS STAR PHILLIPS ‘PREFERS LIVERPOOL TRANSFER’

Kalvin Phillips will find himself with the pick of two of the Premier League’s biggest names in 2022, according to widespread reports.

Phillips’ deal at Leeds is currently due to expire in summer 2024 and talks over an extension are taking place. However, with nothing yet finalised, the British tabloid press are strongly pushing claims that Phillips will be heading out the exit door at Elland Road.

Naturally, there is no shortage of admirers for England’s 2021 Player of the Year. As such, Manchester United are long-time suitors for the player with the Red Devils looking to bolster their midfield options.

However, according to a plethora of reports on Thursday morning, the player is also being heavily courted by Liverpool. With The Sun and the Daily Mirror both pushing the ‘Phillips to Anfield’ agenda, it is the Daily Star who take the tale one step further.

Indeed, their reporter Jeremy Cross claims Liverpool are ready to prioritise a move for Phillips next summer.

Any deal is likely to cost them £60m – a fee they are willing to meet as they consider Jordan Henderson’s long-term replacement.

And they claim Phillips’ preference is to move to Liverpool for two reasons were he to leave Leeds. That’s because the paper claims Phillips is fearful of repercussions for his family were he to instead move to Old Trafford.

Bielsa exit ‘could see Phillips follow’

However, the paper openly admits Leeds will fight tooth and nail to keep Phillips, who has become a club icon.

But should he fail to sign his new deal, speculation will only increase that an exit is on the cards.

Secondly, the star claims Phillips’ future could be directly linked to Marcelo Bielsa’s at Elland Road. Were the Argentine to leave at the end of his contract, they state Phillips too could opt to leave and that a move to Anfield could be on.

CHELSEA TO PICK FROM DE LIGT OR KOUNDE

Chelsea are considering moves for Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde or Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt in the January window. (Daily Mail)

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool will reportedly use the offer of a lucrative signing-on fee to get Mohamed Salah to agree to a new long-term deal, becoming the club’s highest earner in the process.

Manchester United have ‘accepted’ Paul Pogba will not agree to a new contract and are preparing themselves to lose him on a free transfer at the end of the season, claims a report. (Daily Mail)

The Premier League is likely to inform clubs that strict Covid restrictions will be relaxed once vaccine levels reach 85 per cent. (Daily Mail)

The Premier League is coming under increased pressure to allow five substitutes per team a permanent rule change. (Daily Mail)


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RONALDO STILL SUPPORTS SOLSKJAER

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer standing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in 2021

Beleaguered Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the support of his highest-profile player in Cristiano Ronaldo. Indeed the Portuguese superstar is encouraging his teammates to get behind the Norwegian. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United will need to pay Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a hefty £7.5m were they to sack him now. (The Sun)

Manchester United have received a rare boost with Raphael Varane expected to return early from injury. (The Sun)

Dimitar Berbatov believes Antonio Conte could ‘handle’ replacing under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. (The Sun)

Chelsea will likely lose Thiago Silva next summer with the defender making an emotional return to his first club Fluminense. (The Sun)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool are cooling interest in Jude Bellingham owing to the huge fee Borussia Dortmund are placing on his head. (The Sun)

Mo Salah is likely to be added to Egyptian schools’ curriculum as the country looks to inspire the nation’s children. (The Sun)

Mino Raiola is ready to hold talks with Juventus in November over a possible free transfer for Paul Pogba. (Daily Express)

Liverpool director Michael Edwards will likely face competition from Bayern Munich for the services of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans next summer. (Daily Express)

Newcastle United are stepping up their interest in German wonderkid Florian Wirtz and are sending a scout to regularly watch him for Bayer Leverkusen. (Daily Express)

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