Kalvin Phillips is understood to be a transfer target for the Premier League’s leading sides, the midfielder having impressed with his performances for Leeds in recent seasons.

Phillips has established himself as a key figure for club and country since Leeds’ return to the Premier League, being named as England’s Player of the Year following his role in the Three Lions’ run to the final of Euro 2020.

 

The midfielder’s creativity from a deep-lying role has seen Phillips christened the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’, even earning admiration and acknowledgement from the Italian icon himself.

Transfer speculation continues to surround the 25-year-old as several of England’s elite consider midfield reinforcements.

So for those of you interested in trusted betting sites for Canadians we’ve decided to look at how the bookmakers assess the race to sign Kalvin Phillips.

Manchester City – 20/1

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Phillips and have been priced at odds of 20/1 to sign the midfielder, with the Premier League champions potentially in the market for a replacement for Fernandinho.

The veteran Brazilian is out of contract at the end of the season and it is expected that the 36-year-old will leave the Etihad, after winning four league titles during a glittering career in English football.

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Rodri’s performances as the club’s midfield anchor has lessened the need for a high-profile replacement, though Phillips would represent a fine addition to Pep Guardiola’s options with his mix of athleticism, technique and tactical intelligence.

Having flourished under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, the opportunity to work under Guardiola – a man influenced by the Leeds’ manager’s methods – would surely appeal to the England international.


Arsenal – 20/1

Arsenal are also 20/1 odds to sign Phillips, as Mikel Arteta continues his overhaul of the north London side.

The Gunners have bounced back from a difficult start to the season to rise to fifth, their youthful side having shown encouraging signs in recent weeks to raise hopes of a top-four finish and a Champions League return.

The signing of Phillips would instantly improve a key area of Arteta’s side, whilst he would join England colleagues Bukayo Saka and Ben White at the Emirates, alongside recent call-up Emile Smith Rowe.

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Recent reports have suggested Leeds harbour an interest in signing Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal, raising the prospect of potential exchange deal during the January transfer window.

Whilst it appears unlikely Leeds would sanction the sale of Phillips mid-season given their current struggle for form, Arsenal’s pressing need for reinforcements could see the Gunners make a winter window approach.

With Granit Xhaka sidelined through injury and both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny set to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations in January, Arsenal look light in central midfield.

Liverpool – 16/1

Phillips is believed to be on the radar of Liverpool’s recruitment team, with the Reds priced as third-favourites to secure his signing from Leeds.

Liverpool could target midfield additions after failing to replace Georginio Wijnaldum during the summer window, whilst James Milner will turn 36 in January and a long-term replacement will need to be found in the near future.

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Phillips’ multi-functional attributes could see him fit in well alongside the Reds’ current options, capable of providing an alternative or partner to Fabinho in the holding role, or utilising his drive and energy further forward as a number eight.

The intensity of Leeds’ style and system would provide a fine education ahead of a move to Liverpool, where Phillips’ industry seems tailor-made for the high-energy pressing associated with Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Chelsea – 12/1

Chelsea are 12/1 odds to sign Phillips, with the midfielder having been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge despite a wealth of options in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

The west Londoners boast the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic amongst a number of star names in midfield, though are understood to hold an interest in both Phillips and England teammate Declan Rice.

Kante and Jorginho will be 31 and 30 respectively at the end of the 2021/22 season, and the Blues could look to secure their long-term future with the signing of Phillips in a deep-lying role.

Phillips will have two years remaining on his contract at Elland Road at the conclusion of the campaign and could prove a more financially attainable alternative to Rice, with West Ham having insisted that even a £100m fee would not be enough to prise the 22-year-old from the London Stadium.

Manchester United – 6/1

Would the fan favourite be willing to cross a fierce northern rivalry?

Manchester United are the bookmakers’ favourites to sign Phillips from Leeds, despite the intensity of the rivalry between the sides and the midfielder’s status at his boyhood club.

Phillips came through the academy system at Leeds and a move to Old Trafford would jeopardise his relationship with the Leeds support, though past players have made a cross-Pennines switch including the likes of Eric Cantona, Rio Ferdinand and another local product, Alan Smith.

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Reason for the Red Devils’ interest is clear given their need for midfield reinforcements, their defensive midfield position viewed as a glaring weakness in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, with the ‘McFred’ axis of Scott McTominay and Fred having often attracted criticism.

Phillips would provide an upgrade on their options and add both technique and presence to the club’s engine room, if United can persuade Leeds into the sale of their prized possession.

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