Aston Villa told to pay £48m to land Leeds, Man City pair in double deal

Date published: Friday 12th July 2019 9:20 - Oli Fisher

Aston Villa have been told that they must pay £48million to land a pair of Leeds United and Man City midfielders, reports claim.

Phillips, 23, has been the subject of an approach from Villa this summer following Leeds’ failed bid to return to the Premier League last season.

However, reports then emerged suggesting that Leeds have slapped a £30m price tag on their homegrown star given his importance to manager Marcelo Bielsa and in a bid to ward off the Premier League new boys.

Now, The Mirror go even further, claiming that Villa have made an £11million bid for Phillips, but that they have been told to triple their offer.

The chances of the Midlands club stumping up £30m for the defensive midfielder seem slim, so they may have to hope that Leeds lower their asking price.

Meanwhile, one target Villa are apparently closing in on midfielder Douglas Luiz of Man City, with the Telegraph reporting that a deal is close.

Luiz is yet to play a first-team game for Pep Guardiola’s team, but the Brazil U23 captain is highly rated by the Spaniard.

Douglas has been on loan at Girona for the past two seasons and is expected to command a fee of around £15million.


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