TeamTalk revealed that Aston Villa are readying a take-it-or-leave-it approach for Leeds holding midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The three players that the Villains have offered Leeds are Henri Lansbury, Connor Hourihane and James Bree. Leeds have recently placed a £30m price tag on Phillips in an attempt to fend off interest, as well as tying him down to a new contract.
Phillips has been the subject of interest from multiple clubs this summer, including Champions League finalists Spurs. The interest in the midfielder is well-earned as he had the fifth highest average rating for the whole Leeds squad during their promotion push last season.
The offer of the three players in a swap deal is a major disrespect to the Yorkshire club and their prized possession. With Phillips being valued at £30m by Leeds, you would expect the players would equate to a similar value.
However, the three players that have reportedly been offered by Dean Smith only have a combined value of £8.1m according to Transfermarkt, with Lansbury valued at £1.35m, Hourihane valued at £5.85m and Bree at £900k. So unless the newly-promoted club are going to cough up the remaining £22m of his valuation then I wouldn’t expect the midfielder to leave Elland Road any time soon.
With Leeds Live reporting in the past few days that Leeds sold Pontus Jansson to Brentford and Jack Clarke to Spurs in an attempt to balance the books, offering them three players who are on big wages could only cripple the club further financially. Prior to their promotion to the Premier League, Lansbury was on £40k a week, Bree on £23k a week and Hourihane on £30k a week, and if recent reports are to be believed, their wages could rise even higher.
According to Football Insider, Phillips is demanding a £30k a week contract as the club look to secure his long-term future at Elland Road. So adding nearly treble that to the wage bill for three players that do not have the same ability as the Leeds midfielder seems ludicrous.