The battle for the services of England international Kalvin Phillips is expected to be won by Manchester City.
Tony Cascarino, a former Chelsea forward, has cautioned Manchester United that failing to sign Leeds United midfield enforcer Kalvin Phillips this summer could cost them dearly.
The midfielder, who was born in Leeds and hopes to play for England in the World Cup later this year, is close to joining Manchester City. The defending Premier League champions and Leeds on Friday came to an agreement for a cost of £45 million, with £42 million of that sum being paid up front.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of City, instantly named Phillips as his main priority to improve City's defensive midfield options this summer after Fernandinho left. Since assisting Leeds in gaining promotion to the Premier League two years ago, he has grown stronger and stronger.
The Manchester Evening News reported in April that United was reportedly working on a deal to attempt to lure Phillips to Old Trafford. Once City joined the competition for his signature, they had little to no chance.
And for former Republic of Ireland player Cascarino, United will be cursing themselves for not signing Phillips. This summer, the team desperately needs a defensive-minded midfielder but doesn't seem any closer to finding one.
Why Man United hasn't pursued Kalvin Phillips is a mystery to me "stated by Cascarino to talkSPORT. "They may claim that they tried, but he had already made up his mind to join City, and Man United need someone like him." Although he may not have wanted to go there, that could have been the reason, there didn't appear to be any competition from a team that desperately needs that kind of talent. A ball-winning player who can maintain the ball and let other players do their jobs is greatly missed by their team, and he excels at doing just that."
Despite placing Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen at the top of their midfield wish list, United still needs to bolster their squad with a defensive-minded midfielder.
Phillips is expected to leave United, and Yves Bissouma has joined Tottenham Hotspur.
Cascarino continued: "The transfer of Bissouma to Tottenham cost between £20 and £25 million. Okay, so it's a different situation because he still had a year left on his contract, but players with average goal and assist totals don't command as high of a fee." Declan Rice is the lone one. Although Rice doesn't have impressive goals and assists numbers, everyone can see him play and observe how he disrupts teams and lowers their performance. Although I believe Kalvin Phillips does that, the team he joined featured Rodri, a holding midfielder who was better than Declan Rice.
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